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Native cooks on TV
Henrietta Relaford Weaver, a native of Riceboro, who now lives in Key West, Fla., continues to be a rising star in her profession with her “Henrietta Art of Baking.” She will appear on the Food Network channel on Paula Dean’s Parties airing on Friday night at 10. She is the daughter of the late Louise Relaford and Riceboro City Councilman, Henry L. Relaford.

Art at Armstrong
The Armstrong Atlantic State University Department of Art, Music & Theatre presents Israel Magana, percussion, in graduation recital at 2:30 this afternoon in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Admission is free. Call 927-5381 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, for information.
Tuesday, The AASU Wind Ensemble performs in concert at 7:30 p.m. in the AASU Fine Arts Auditorium. Admission is $5. Call 927-5381 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, for ticketing information.

Essence of Movement
Savannah State University’s Department of Fine Arts presents the Essence of Movement Dance Concert April 12-14 at 8 p.m. in the Kennedy Fine Arts building. The concert will feature modern and African dance performed by SSU’s visual and performing arts students as well as other students who are enrolled in dance courses. Tickets, which are $3 for SSU students and faculty and $5 for the public, will be available at the door beginning at 7 p.m.

Art on isles
Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association ends its 2006-07 Performing Arts Series with with a glimpse of our area through the eyes of a 19th century English actress.
Thanks to frequent requests from the public since the first production in 2004, GIAHA will remount “Shame the Devil: An Audience with Fanny Kemble,” an entertaining and insightful look at the actress whose eyewitness account of her time in our region, “Journal of a Residence on a Georgia Plantation,” was an important anti-slavery document that helped transform a way of life, even at great personal cost to herself.
The show will be presented April 13 and 14, at 8 p.m. and April 15 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.
For information and tickets, call (912) 262-6934, or e-mail or go online at
A performance of Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes,” which was to start next weekend, has bee postponed until fall.

Blessing of the Fleet
The 39th Annual Blessing of the Fleet on the beautiful and historic Darien Waterfront is set for April 20-22. Enjoy music, arts, crafts, antiques, fireworks, and food, while sharing the blessing of Georgia’s largest and oldest shrimp fleet.
Opening ceremonies begin at 7 on that Friday evening and activities continuing through to closing ceremonies at 6 p.m. on that Sunday. Admission is free.
Last year 80,000 people enjoyed the three-day event and this year is going to be bigger and better. There will be more than 24 hours of live music performed at the waterfront park, and  150 vendors, 40 are serving food and yes, you can enjoy the best wild Georgia shrimp!

Voices wanted
The Savannah Chapter of the Savannah State University National Alumni Association will hold its third annual Choir Song Fest on April 22 at 4 p.m. at St. Philip AME Church, located 613 MLK Jr. Blvd. All choirs — youth, young adult, male, combined, mass, quartets, etc. — are encouraged to participate. While there is no entry fees, choirs should register by April 13 by calling (912) 271-2101 or emailing ws_moore65 The fest is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be collected during the program.

Walk your socks off
Two interpretative hiking trails are decked out in spring glory at Moody Forest Natural Area near Baxley.
The five-mile trail system was dedicated earlier this year.
The two-mile Altamaha River Trail leads hikers through the floodplain forest, with a cathedral of massive cypress and gum trees and opportunities to spot herons, wood ducks, turtles and an array of songbirds. The three-mile Upland Loop Trail traverses a mosaic of landscapes with an abundance of wildlife, from the diverse longleaf pine and wiregrass communities to the mature dense floodplain.
Supporting the only known old-growth longleaf pine-blackjack oak community in North America, the 4,500-acre Moody Forest Natural Area is managed jointly by The Nature Conservancy and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division.
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