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Weekend at a glance for Aug. 15-20
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Friday, Aug. 15

Community Immunity: The Healing Power of Essential Oils
Master herbalist and author David Crow will present a lecture.
When: Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. Where: Savannah Riverfront Marriott. Cost: Free. Info: 236-4703 or

Saturday, Aug. 16

Blackwater Paddle
After basic canoeing instruction, a naturalist guide will lead the way dowstream past tupelo and cypress. Look out for turtles, herons and the prothonotary warbler. Reservations are required. When: Aug. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost: $35, which includes canoe, paddle and basic instruction. Info: 236-8115.

Starland Farmers Market
What: Local organic and traditional produce, artists, food vendors, crafts people, musicians, street performers and storytellers. When: Aug. 16, 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. Where: Starland district on DeSoto Avenue between Whitaker and Bull streets and 40th and 41st streets. Cost: Free. Info: 443-5355, or

Women's Self Defense

The Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire will offer a self-defense class for women, tuaght by women, with verbal and physical techniques that can be used by anyone, regardless of age or physical condition. When: Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: Free. Info: 233-3000.

Pharmacy of Flowers
A workshop with author and herbalist David Crow. When: Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Where: Savannah Charles H. Morris Center at Trustees Garden, 10 E. Broad St. Cost: $75 in advance, $95 at the door. Info: 236-4703 or

The Art of Moving into Stillness
A yoga workshop presented by Savannah Yoga Center Director Kelly J. Boyd. Learn to quiet your mind, lengthen your body and open your heart while surrounded by contemporary artwork. When: Aug. 16. 10 a.m. to noon. Where: Jepson Center for the Arts. Cost: $20.

Ballroom Dance Party
The monthly dance will be preceded by the basic lesson on the Cha Cha at 7 p.m. When: Aug. 16 from 8-10:30 p.m. Where: Frank G. Murray Community Center, 150 Whitemarsh Island Road. Cost: $12. Info: 655-4985 or 961-9960.

An Evening of Belly Dance
Performances from three of Savannah's dance troupes, Cairo on the Coast, Nocturnelle and Mei-attah Raqs. Donations will be accepted to benefit local non-profit animal shelters. When: Aug. 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: Free. Info: 596-0889.

Tuesday, Aug. 19

Grief: Healing the Broken Heart: Walking the Pathway of Loss
A series of weekly seminars about the patterns and processes that lead to healing from loss, presented by Dr. Owen E. Tucker, M.Ed., D.Min., grief coordinator at Island Hospice. The next session is "Recovery is Possible!" When: Aug. 19 from 7:30-9 p.m. Where: Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. Cost: Free.

Wednesday, Aug. 20

Savannah Sand Gnats
What: The Sand Gnats will play the Rome Braves in a five-game series. When: Aug. 20, 21, 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. Where: Grayson Stadium, 1401 E. Victory Dr. Cost: Box seats, $10; reserved, $8; general admission $7; and seniors/military/ kids 4-12 $5. Info: 351-9150,

Psychotronic Film Society: Double Feature
A few years back, Kentucker Audley was working in City Market at Vinnie Van Go-Go's. Now, his debut feature film, "Team Picture," is being released by Benten Films. The director is returning to town to introduce his film and answers questions from the audience. "Headcheese," a 30-minute horror-comedy short made locally by writer-director Laura Android, also will be presented. When: Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. Seating begins at 7:30 p.m. Where: The Sentient Bean Coffeehouse, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: $6 Info:

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