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Nature preserve celebrates live oaks
angies kevin
Midway has gotten a new eatery and co-owner Kevin Butler (along with his wife, namesake Angie) has been busy getting it ready for a grand opening today and Saturday. There will be tables of hor d’oeuvres out both days before lunch, starting about 11 a.m. There will also be a ribbon cutting with city officials at 11 this morning. The restaurant is on Highway 17 North, across from the Midway Museum. - photo by Photo by Pat Watkins
Melon Bluff’s Arbor Day
Melon Bluff Nature Preserve opens its Live Oaking Trail Saturday. The highlight will be the trail’s treehouse.
The trail celebrates the live oaks place in history, providing building material that has been prized for centuries.
The preserve, center and trail will be open from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Guided tours will begin at the Melon Bluff Nature Center starting every 30 minutes. The last tour will leave at 3 p.m. Tours will be complete with re-enactors, volunteers from as far away as Atlanta.
Preserve founder Laura Devendorf hints that there will be Liberty County officials participating in the re-enacting.
For more information or to make reservations, call 884-5779 or visit their website   
GIAHA holds open auditions
Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association is seeking actors of both genders and a range of ages from teens to 60s for several upcoming productions in 2007.
The most immediate involves a landmark production to be presented in late June and early July of Eugene O’Neill’s “Ah, Wilderness!” Casting will also be done for an upcoming production of Lillian Hellman’s classic drama, “The Little Foxes,” as well as another potential production to be announced.
Experience is not necessary, but potential cast members should have the eagerness to learn and grow as stage performers, the flexibility to stretch their talents to suit a variety of roles and the willingness commit to putting in the time and effort toward a fun and stimulating artistic experience.
Auditions will take place at the Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St., Brunswick, on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. and on Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. Interested individuals should be at the first audition, with call backs and a second look at potential cast members scheduled for the next Saturday.  However, if you can’t make the first round, it is still possible to be considered for roles at the second.
Those who want to audition or get more information should contact GIAHA at 262-6934 or

American Legion Post 168
The American Legion Post 168 will host a Boston butt sale starting at 10 a.m. Feb. 24 at 1121 West Oglethorpe Highway. The cost is $20 each and the proceeds will help the post to assist veterans, their families and the community. For more information, call Matt Dillon at 572-8291.

VOICES: A Celebration
of African-American Artists  

African-American, Caribbean and African artists join together for an evening, multi-disciplinary performance featuring music, African dance, traditional drumming, poetry and more. It will be on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m. at Dorchester Academy and is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information call 980-9274 or email

Horse auction is benefit
The 13th annual Georgia 4-H Benefit Horse Auction will be on Feb. 24, at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.
The auction, co-sponsored by the Georgia Farm Bureau Equine Advisory Committee and the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service, will begin at 11:30 a.m., in the covered horse arena.
“All proceeds from the sale will be used to benefit the Georgia 4-H Horse Program and horse research conducted by the University of Georgia which benefits all of Georgia’s horse owners” Zippy Duvall, Georgia Farm Bureau president, said.  “This annual auction is a great way for horse lovers to support Georgia 4-Hers and research that benefits the health of their horses.”
At least 13 horses ranging in age from 2 to 13 years of age will be sold during the auction. Most of the horses are quarterhorses, but the auction list also includes a Paso Fino and thoroughbreds. Horse tack and equipment will also be auctioned during the event. For a complete list and description of the horses to be auctioned, contact Dr. Gary Heusner, University of Georgia equine specialist,  at or (706)542-9092.

Forestry pageants
The Miss Liberty and Miss Long County Forestry Scholarship Pageants will be on Feb. 24 at Brewton-Parker College in Flemington.
Contestants are being sought. The pageants are open to all contestants 0-16 years. Contestants ages 17-24 must live, work or go to school in the county they represent.
Both pageants are preliminaries to the Miss Georgia Forestry Scholarship Pageant. Winners will get gold crowns, custom sashes, trophies and entry fees paid to the 68th Miss Georgia Forestry State Scholarship Pageant in June in Tifton. The state pageant awards thousands of dollars in scholarships, cash and prizes each year.
Entries are available at Rita’s Bridal and Formal Shop, 131 S. Main St., Hinesville.
For more information, call Rita Watson, director, at 368-6960 days or 876-2775 evenings, or e-mail or

Art on isles
Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association is in its expanded 2006-07 Performing Arts Series at Brunswick’s historic Ritz Theatre every month through April.
Here’s the line-up:
Dave Bennett and Band: A Tribute to Benny Goodman, 8 p.m. Feb. 25; $18 adults, $15 students & seniors
A jazz prodigy brings to life a virtuoso of the great Swing Era. Bennett and his septet recreate the swing sensation, Benny Goodman, in a performance that brings to life signature tunes like “I Got Rhythm,” “Moonglow,” “Stompin’ at the Savoy” and “Sing, Sing, Sing.”
The Hot Club of San Francisco, 8 p.m. March 10; $18 adults, $15 students & seniors
Calling to mind the jazz clubs of Paris and the refined lounges of that city’s famous Hotel Ritz, this ensemble celebrates the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Hot Club de France.
“The Little Foxes” by Lillian Hellman, 8 p.m. April 13-14 and 20-21, and 3 p.m. April 15 and 22; $15 adults, $12 students & seniors
Hellman’s enduring American drama caused a sensation when it first opened on Broadway in 1939 and again as a film in 1941. Revived many times throughout the decades, this play still rings true today with its story of a family in conflict, fighting each other and the world around them for wealth, power, and a sense of fulfillment.
All shows are at the Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St., Brunswick. For information and tickets, call (912) 262-6934, or e-mail or go online at

Savannah sidelights
Through March 31
Workshop: Women’s Independence Network (WIN) Photojournalism Workshops
Presented by Morningstar Arts, Inc.
Tuesdays 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Thursdays 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Sundays 2:30 to 5 p.m.
At the Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St.
Hands-on workshops for young women, ages 16 to 25, with professional female photographers who will introduce them to the basic skills needed for a career in photojournalism.  Participants will execute projects and develop an exhibition to be displayed during National Women’s Month in March.
Experience and access to a camera are not required.   
Limited space available.  Advanced registration required.
Sponsored by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs
For information, contact 912-927-9922 or visit

GSU arts season
STATESBORO — Here is the lineup for the 2006-07 season for the Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern University:
• March 8 — Moscow Festival Ballet presents “Swan Lake.” Founded by a member of the legendary Bolshoi Ballet, this troupe features the classic Russian style of ballet.
• April 27 — Mark O’Connor and The Appalachia Waltz Trio. A critically  acclaimed violinist and fiddler, O’Connor has been hailed as one of the most gifted composers in any genre of American music.
The PAC is on the Georgia Southern campus. The box office is open every Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
To buy a season subscription or get more information, call toll free (866) PAC-ARTS, or visit the PAC website at

Sing your heart out
The Greater Georgia Choral Chapter is looking for people who love gospel music and who want to do more than just listen to it.
An affiliate of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses, GGCC is a member of the Southeast Region and offers an opportunity to grow in the ministry of gospel music for adults and youth.
Groups and individuals are welcome and can contact Wilma Gregg, president, or Andre Gregg, youth coordinator, at 368-4185.
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