SCAD art exhibit opens at Barnes & Noble

Savannah Sketchbook, a collection of watercolor paintings published by the Savannah College of Art and Design, went on display July 6 at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Oglethorpe Mall on Abercorn Street. The paintings by SCAD students and faculty depict memorable sights of the Coastal Empire. The book was written by SCAD administrator and professor Jeff Eley. The forward is by Tony Bennett.

Stray Ball helps animal-protection groups

The 2nd annual Stray Ball to raise fund for Savannah's animal-protection groups will be held August 5 at Savannah Station. The theme for this year's event is a Speakeasy in 1925. "The Alley Cat Club" is a hot spot where Savannah's elite dress in roaring 20's attire, dance the Charleston to big band music, dine and temp Lady Luck in the casino.

The ball is organized by Friends of Animals of the Coastal Empire, a charitable organization of downtown residents who provide funds to various animal-protection groups. Proceeds from the ball are distributed to PALS, Save-a-Life, Landings Pet Rescue and 2nd Chance Dog Rescue.

Tickets cost $125 each for tables of 10. For tickets and additional information call the Savannah Station at 233-5400.

Meeting the future in Savannah

City leaders from around the country have gathered in Savannah to work on an action plan to put forward for the next president and Congress.

The National League of Cities Advisory Council began meeting at the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort Hotel June 29 to continue work on an "Investing in Communities" project intended to identify key issues and strategies to equip America's cities for the challenges of the 21st century. The meeting will last through July 1.

Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer initiated the project in preparation for his election as NLC president last December. Members of the NLC advisory council, which includes Savannah Mayor Floyd Adams, are municipal leaders who have served in NLC's top leadership ranks as members of the NLC board of directors, as well as many other policy leadership posts. Nearly 50 city leaders will attend the meeting.

While the national political conventions and other activities of Campaign 2000 have yet to occur, the NLC project has been moving forward since early this year. Representatives of more than 40 public interest groups and other organizations met in Washington and contributed recommendations to the advisory council.

The Savannah meeting will focus on examining concepts and themes from the information already gathered, and on developing a framework for drafting a report.


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