Through Jan. 5. Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum will be offering free admission to any two children accompanied by a paying adult through Jan. 5. Admission for adults is $8.50. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, with last admission at about 4:15 p.m. The museum will be closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
Free Family Day: Building Blocks to Buildings
1-4 p.m. Jan. 4. Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St. Explore Telfair Museums' Mansion to Museums exhibition. Guests will learn first-hand how museums started and how buildings are designed, built and decorated. Family Days are fun, educational and free. Enjoy hands-on art projects, gallery exploration activities, story time and much more, designed to engage the whole family. Create DIY masterpieces, play art detective or use our mobile Art Cart. Learn more at www.telfair.org.
CAT public meetings
6 p.m. Jan. 7; 5:30 p.m. Jan. 8; 6 p.m. Jan. 22; 6 p.m. Jan. 23. Chatham Area Transit Authority has scheduled a series of public meetings that will introduce proposed service changes on fixed route service for February/March 2014. The public is urged to attend and provide comments, recommendations or suggestions to CAT's staff during these meetings. Mark your calendars and attend one or more of these meetings. Your input is important. Chatham Area Transit Authority meetings schedule: Jan. 7 at Bull Street Library, 2002 Bull St.; Jan. 8 at Moses Jackson Community Center, 1410 Richards St.; Jan. 22 at Joe Murray Rivers, Jr. Intermodal Transit Center, 610 W. Oglethorpe Ave.; Jan. 23 at Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St.
Miss Alfred Ely Beach High School Scholarship Pageant
6:30 p.m. Jan. 9. Beach High School, 3001 Hopkins St. The DECA student organization at Beach High School will present the Miss Alfred Ely Beach High School Scholarship Pageant on Jan. 9. The theme for this year's pageant is "Phenomenally." Six academically achieving seniors will vie for the coveted crown and title of Miss Alfred Ely Beach High School. The contestants will showcase their unique talents, model formal wear and conduct an interview before a select panel of judges. Tickets for the pageant are $10 for general admission and $3 for students. For more information, call the school at 912-395-5330.
Senior property tax exemption seminar
11 a.m. Jan. 9. St. John Baptist Church, 522-528 Hartridge St. The Christian Education Ministry of St. John Baptist Church, in conjunction with the Chatham County Tax Assessor's Office, will sponsor a senior property tax exemption seminar at 11 a.m. Jan. 9 in the church's fellowship hall. Several officials will be available to answer your questions. To qualify for the exemption, you must be 62 years of age or older and the residence must be your primary and legal residence. To register by phone or for additional information, contact the Rev. Carolyn Dowse at 236-9057. This seminar is free and open to the public.
2014 basketball season tryouts
Jan. 11. Savannah State University, Wiley Wilcox Gymnasium. The Savannah Sankofa Youth Sports Program will host 2014 basketball season tryouts Jan. 11. Tryouts are for grades 5-12. Girls' tryout session is from 12:30-2:30 p.m. and boys' tryout session is from 3-5 p.m.
SavCon Dealer Room
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 11. Hilton Garden Savannah/Midtown, 5711 Abercorn St. The '80s nostalgia and anime convention will have a one-day Dealer Room with thousands of action figures and all other loose, boxed and carded '80s nostalgia toy lines by Savannah-area Bottrader and the SavCon staff. Headlining this event will be Botcon/Joecon dealer, Pappy's Collectible Toys and Atlanta-based Mario's Comics, along with locally owned businesses such as Galactic Comics & Games, Floyd Lewis from DartGirl Comics, Misfit Toys, T-shirt and novelty items from Brand You Designs and artist Christina Colon.
Habitat Savannah announces application dates
Through Jan. 20. Habitat for Humanity Savannah is opening its 2014 Habitat Homeownership process on Jan. 13. Eligibility is limited to Chatham County residents who have completed and submitted their pre-qualification applications prior to the 5 p.m. Jan. 20 deadline. Applications submitted following that deadline will not be considered. Applications are available at www.habitatsavannah.org/Apply.html or by visiting the organization's 1106 E. 70th St. office from Jan. 13-20. A receptacle containing applications is placed on the organization's front porch during this pre-application acceptance period.
International Baccalaureate open house
6:30 p.m. Jan. 14. Sol C. Johnson High School, 3012 Sunset Blvd. Sol C. Johnson High School's International Baccalaureate Programme is hosting an open house for prospective students and parents for the 2014-15 school year at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14. For more information, contact 395-1405 or email@example.com.
Musical tribute to MLK Jr.
7 p.m. Jan. 14. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. The Jewish Educational Alliance will host the 16th annual "A Musical Salute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." This event will feature the Savannah Jazz Orchestra, co-led by Teddy Adams and Randall Reese, and Savannah Arts Academy Skyelite Jazz Band, under the baton of Vann Thornton. There will be a dessert reception during intermission. The concert is free and open to the community thanks to the support of the Savannah Jewish Federation and a grant from the City of Savannah. More information available at www.coastaljazz.org.
NAIFA-Savannah general membership meeting
11:30 a.m. Jan. 15. Carey Hilliard's Banquet Room, 11111 Abercorn St. NAIFA-Savannah general membership meeting and continuing education will be Jan. 15. Social discussions are from 11:30 a.m.-noon, with lunch and continuing education from noon-1 p.m. The speaker will be J.C. Mitchell, disability income specialist, Atlanta DI Center. Free Lunch is provided as a NAIFA member benefit. Feel free to invite guests; buffet lunch for guests is $10. For more information, go to www.naifanet.com/savannah.
GenerationNEXT: Savannah's Rising Stars of Business
5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 15. Belford's Savannah Seafood & Steaks, 315 W. Saint Julian St. Join Savannah Magazine, Business in Savannah, The Coastal Bank and Mercer University's Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics as they recognize the honorees of "GenerationNEXT: Savannah's Rising Stars of Business." These under-40 individuals have distinguished themselves by their professional achievements, as well as their philanthropic service within Savannah and the Coastal Empire. Admission is $10 and includes light appetizers and two drink tickets. Cash bar available. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.generationnext2014.eventbrite.com.
Mountainfilm on Tour
Jan. 17-18. Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah, a nonprofit film festival designed to educate audiences about environmental issues in different cultures, will host its fifth annual film festival from Jan. 17-18. The tour will showcase independent films from this year's Telluride Mountainfilm Festival. These films celebrate triumphs in human society and nature. The Jan. 18 event will include a morning coffee discussion, community bike ride and family matinee film session, culminating with the final film session at 7 p.m. Evening film sessions will be followed by Q&A discussions with filmmakers. A portion of proceeds from Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah will be used to benefit local community causes and nonprofits that support the mission of Telluride Mountainfilm On Tour. Tickets can be purchased at www.tickets.savannahboxoffice.com or at the Trustees Theater box office. Admission to evening screening sessions is $10 for adults and $8 for students, military and seniors. All tickets to Jan. 18's matinee session are $5. A weekend pass can be purchased for $25. For more information, go to www.mountainfilmsav.org.
'Time Starts Now!' fundraiser to benefit LDSS
Jan. 23. Benedictine Military School's gym. The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society invites Savannah-area businesses and groups to participate in the second annual "Time Starts Now!" competition. The event will be held Jan. 23 at Benedictine Military School's gym. Teams will compete in "Minute To Win It"-style challenges, building confidence, raising funds and having fun all at the same time. Proceeds will benefit Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society programs and activities. Spectators are invited to attend and cheer on their favorite team. For more information, call Marcie Moxley at 912-713-6865 or go to www.timestartsnow.org.
Veterans Career Fair and Diversity Job Expo
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 28. Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. The Veterans Career Fair and Diversity Job Expo at the Savannah Civic Center on Jan. 28 is your opportunity to meet more than 30 human resource managers from companies such as At&t, Albany Technical College, Better Homes & Garden, Brock, HomeDepot, UPS, Walden University and many more. Come prepared to interview on the spot, so dress professionally and bring plenty of resumes. The fair is free and open to the public. For more information, go to www.employmentseeker.net.
Free Family Day: PULSE
1-4 p.m. Feb. 1. Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. Activate all your senses by creating art using light and sound, exploring interactive sculpture and experiencing a 3 p.m. multimedia performance by INVISIBLE, a "mechanical music museum." Special free "Make your own GIF animation" workshop for middle and high schoolers begins at 10 a.m. Registration required at www.telfair.co/2014pulseregistration or by calling 912-790-8821.
Southern Women's Show
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 21; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 22; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 23. Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, 1 International Drive. Guests will enjoy a weekend extravaganza featuring shopping, fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, gourmet foods, health screenings, how-to workshops, makeovers, special celebrity guest appearances and much more. Each year, the Southern Women's Show attracts thousands of guests and unique exhibitors from across the region. Admission for adults is $10 at the door, $8 in advance online and $7 at local Walgreens stores. Admission for youth ages 6-12 is $5 at the door and in advance online. Children 6 and under get in free with a paying adult. Parking is $5 per vehicle. For more information, go to www.southernshows.com/wsa.
Free Family Day: Seasons in Art
1-4 p.m. March 1. Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St. Explore the seasons in art in the New York Accents exhibition and Telfair Museums' permanent collection, from George Bellows' "Snow Capped River" to Tim Rollins' "Midsummer Night's Dream." Hands-on activities for families explore warm and cool colors and impressionist painting techniques. Learn more at www.telfair.org.
Sexual assault nurse examiner training
March 22-25. The Rape Crisis Center announces the upcoming sexual assault nurse examiner training, provided by the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault, from March 22-25. Nurses receive financial compensation for each exam. This continuing nursing education activity is approved by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited sanctioned body of the American Nurses Credentialing Center's COA. Register at www.gnesa.org, or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The classroom training is 40 hours, and cost is $200, which is fully refundable upon completion of the course.
Free Family Day: Garbage to Gardens
1-4 p.m. April 5. Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. Get a head start on Earth Day by making "flowers and plants" by recycling plastic bottles, bags and paper. Be inspired by artist Karrie Hovey, who made an art garden at the Jepson Center entirely of recycled materials. Learn more at www.telfair.org.
Adult tennis lessons
4-5:30 p.m. Sundays or 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Lake Mayor Tennis Courts. First lesson is free, thereafter $10 per lesson. Loaner rackets available or purchase one for $15. Contact Phyllis Greene, Community Tennis Coordinator, prior to lesson at 912-501-9862, email@example.com or go to www.savannahtennis.com.
Free Tae Kwon Do classes
5 p.m. Thursdays and 6:30 p.m. Fridays. Kayton Frazier Boys & Girls Club, 801 Brewer St. Free Tae Kwon Do classes are being offered at the Kayton Frazier Boys & Girls Club. These classes are for boys and girls ages 6-18. Tae Kwon Do is a Korean self-defense system. It is great for children because it teaches respect, self-discipline, self-defense and it is fun. It is offered at 5 p.m. every Thursday and 6:30-7:30 p.m. every Friday. Classes are taught by George Freeman, who is a second-degree black belt. Applications must be completed by parents or guardians at the Kayton-Frazier Boys & Girls Club. The cost is a $2 registration fee. For more information, call 912-443-9143.
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
3 p.m. Second Sundays. 5115 Ogechee Rd. Williams A Reed Memorial Post #660 meets the second Sunday of each month. Post meetings are held at 5115 Ogeechee Rd. For more information regarding our meetings or eligibility for membership in the VFW, call 912- 235-3001.
Liberty City hosts bingo night
5:30 p.m. Every fourth Wednesday. Liberty City Community Center. The Liberty City Richfield Southover Community Improvement Association, Inc. will host bingo night every fourth Wednesday of the month beginning March 27.
13th Colony Sound Savannah Chorus
7 p.m. Mondays. Thunderbolt Lodge No. 693, 3111 Rowland Ave. The 13th Colony Sound Savannah Barbershop Chorus meets at 7 p.m. every Monday at Thunderbolt Lodge No. 693. If you can carry a tune, come sing with us! For more information, call 912-344-9768 or go to www.savannahbarbershoppers.org.
Rhythmatic Movement Fitness Classes
5-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Dec. 4. 1802 E. Broad St. at 35th Street. GatorBall Academy Inc. announces its bi-weekly, G Ball Rhythmatic Movement Fitness Classes every Tuesday and Thursday beginning Dec. 4. Come out and strengthen your core muscle group with Larry "Gator" Rivers and Debra Hasan. Call 912-358-0521 for enrollment. The cost is a $5 donation per class.
Bonaventure Cemetery tours
Second Sunday of the month. The Bonaventure Historical Society conducts tours of Bonaventure Cemetery on the second Sunday of each month. Tours are offered at 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. These walking tours step off from the same spot, which is marked with a sign. Tours last about an hour and are free, but donations are welcome.
The 2013 tour dates are: March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug.11, Sept.8, Oct.13, Nov.10 and Dec.8. For more information, call 912-927-6145 or 912-236-2705 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patriot Previews at The Habersham School
8:15-9 a.m. Thursdays. The true culture of a school is best experienced during a personal tour. Tours of The Habersham School are available every Thursday from 8:15-9 a.m. by appointment only. This is the time to visit our classrooms, meet our head of school and principal and discuss our unique mission. To reserve your spot, contact 912-509-0540 or email@example.com.
Harbour Lights Dancing
Second and fourth Friday of each month. City of Port Wentworth Community House. If you are interested in line dancing or square dancing, call Larry O'Pry at 912-429-0492. Dancing takes place in the City of Port Wentworth Community House the second and fourth Friday of each month.
Bethesda Farm Stand selling organic produce
3-5:30 p.m. Thursdays. Bethesda Academy, 9520 Ferguson Ave. This popular organic farm stand, managed by Bethesda students and staff, sells fresh produce, organic garden seedlings and farm-fresh eggs. Students are actively involved in planting, cultivating and harvesting all items on-site at Bethesda Academy using sustainable, organic farming techniques. For more information, go to www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912-351-2061.
Second LIFE Thrift Store
Saturdays. Second Life, 308 Central Ave., Guyton. LIFE Inc. is a nonprofit organization with a focus of giving people with disabilities the tools that will enable them to be more independent. Your purchase from Second LIFE will go for home modifications such as wheelchair ramps, door widening, roll-in showers and assistive technology. LIFE Inc. was established 25 years ago in Savannah. LIFE's service area is 11 counties. Donations of children's clothes, sizes infant to 16, will be accepted by calling 912-772-4162. No stains or tears, please. Monetary donations are also welcome.
Psychotronic Film Night
8 p.m. Every Wednesday. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. The Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah shows obscure and/or under-appreciated films from around the world every Wednesday. Whether extremely well-made or "so bad they're good," their selections are always rare, unique and memorable. Check their Facebook page for updated listings. For more information, call 912-232-4447 or go to www.sentientbean.com/events/view/1433.
10-11:30 a.m. First and third Monday of each month. Islands YMCA, 66 Johnny Mercer Blvd. MOMSnext invites moms to come, just as they are, to experience personal growth and practical help relevant to mothering during the school-aged years. Childcare provided upon request. For more information, call 912-898-4344 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toastmasters Club Meeting
Noon. Tuesdays. Saint Leo University, Room 3, 7426 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Ste A. The Small Business Chamber Toastmasters Club meets weekly at noon on Tuesdays at Saint Leo University. For more information, call Carol at 912-844-9139 or got to www.1280826.toastmastersclub.org/.
Pooler Business Network
11 a.m. First and third Thursday of each month. Lovezzola's Pizza, 320 U.S. 80. Come and network with us. All business owners welcome. Cost for lunch. For more information, call 912-308-6768 or go to www.topnconnections.org.
Forsyth Farmers' Market
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Every Saturday. Forsyth Farmer's Market, Bull Street and West Park Avenue. Farmers and local vendors will be at the south end of Forsyth Park. SNAP/EBT and WIC accepted. Free to browse. For more information, go to www.forsythfarmersmarket.org.
Savannah Women's Business Network
11 a.m. Second and fourth Wednesday of each month. The Exchange Tavern, 6710 Waters Ave. Come and join us for our luncheon/networking event. Cost for lunch. For more information, call 912-572-2362 or go to www.pnconnections.org.
Weekend cannon firings
9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, three times daily. Fort Pulaski National Monument, U.S. 80. The park features the nation's largest fully functional reproduction cannon. Historic weapon demonstrations follow historic guidelines and portray uniforms and equipment of the Civil War. Cost: $5 entrance free, ages 15 and younger free. For more information, call 912-786-5787 or go to www.nps.gov/fopu.
7:30-10:30 p.m. Fridays. Ruth's Chris Steak House, 111 West Bay St. The Kim Polote's jazz trio will be playing the music of Johnny Mercer. For more information, call 912-721-4800 or go to www.ruthschris.com.
Thrift and gift store
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. St. Elizabeth's Attic, 16491 Hwy. 144, Richmond Hill. Jewelry, appliances, clothes, furniture, books, children's toys and games are available. All proceeds are donated to local charities. For more information, call 912-727-2664.
Salvation Army Conservatory of the Performing Arts
5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Salvation Army, 3000 Bee Road. Classes in drama, brass, woodwind, vocal, dance, guitar and piano. All ages. Cost: $6 per lesson, fall, winter and spring quarters. For more information, call Lt. Shauntrice 912-352-8366.
Women's self-defense classes
7 p.m. Every Tuesday. Elite Martial Arts Academy, Suite. 107, 1024 Hwy. 80 West. Sponsored by the Guardian Angels and the Academy. Cost: Free. For more information, call 912-484-3007.
4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Southwest Chatham Branch Library, 14097 Abercorn St. These sessions are filled with stories, songs, music and activities, especially for children ages 5 to 10. For more information, call 912-925-8305
4 p.m. Wednesdays. Islands Branch Library, 125 Wilmington Road. Practice your reading skills with one of our furry friends. Ages 5 and older. For more information, call 912-897-6233.
The Quilting Project
2-6 p.m. Tuesdays. Wesley Community Centers, 1601 Drayton St. Learn the art, history and technique to making quilts. For more information, call 912-447-5711.
7-9 p.m. Every Thursday. Savannah Mall, 14045 Abercorn St. (meeting room, lower level). Open to all female singers. For more information, call 912-598-3005.
Toddler Third Thursday
10-11:30 a.m. Every third Thursday. The Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St. This program is designed especially for pre-schoolers ages 3 to 5 and their adult companions. Toddlers will explore artwork from both our permanent and temporary exhibitions, followed by a visit to the Jepson Education Studios. Cost is $5 per child with adult admission. For more information, call 912-790-8800 or go to www.telfair.org.
Housing Authority of Savannah Neighborhood Resource Center
â€¢ Job Readiness Counseling, 9 a.m.-noon, Mondays-Fridays. By appointment only. In collaboration with Georgia Department of Labor.
â€¢ Adult Literacy/GED, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. In collaboration with Savannah Technical College.
â€¢ Basic Computer/Clerical Training, 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
In collaboration with Coastal Empire Goodwill Industries. Free and open to the public, all classes are at HAS Neighborhood Resource Center, 1407 Wheaton St. For more information, call 912-232-4232, ext. 115 or go to www.savannahpha.com.
First Friday for Folk Music
7:30-9:30 p.m. First Friday of each month. First Presbyterian Church, 520 E. Washington Ave. Sponsored by the Savannah Folk Music Society, this smoke-free, alcohol-free and family-friendly event features local and touring folk musicians. Recommended donation of $2 per person. For more information, call 912-786-6953 or go to www.savannahfolk.org.
5 p.m. Sundays. Canine Palace, 612 Abercorn St. ST. ALMO will have informal dog walks at 5 p.m. Sundays, weather permitting. Meet at Canine Palace. For more information, call 912-234-3336.
Safe Kids Savannah car seat safety inspection station
9 a.m. Every Wednesday. Safe Kids Savannah, 420 Mall Blvd. Child car seat safety inspections are done by certified child passenger safety technicians. They will help examine child safety seats for recalls and to make sure the seats are installed correctly. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 912-356-2160 or go to www.safekidssavannah.org.
8 p.m. Every first and third Thursday. Savannah Ballroom, 11 Travis St. Come on out for dance parties at the Savannah Ballroom. Cost is $10 per person and $15 per couple. All ages welcome. For more information, call 912-335-3335 or go to www.savannahballroomdancing.com.
Barbecue dinner and karaoke night
5-7:30 p.m. (dinner), 7 p.m. (karaoke) every first Friday. American Legion Post 184, 1 Legion Drive, Thunderbolt. Dinner includes chopped barbecue, cole slaw, fancy baked beans, roll, beverage and dessert. Cost is $7 per plate. All singers invited to karaoke night, no cover or admission. For more information, call 912-354-5515, 912-663-8353 or go to www.americanlegionpost184.org.
5-7:30 p.m. Every third Friday. American Legion Post No. 184, 1 Legion Drive, Thunderbolt. Fish fry includes fish fillet, french fries, hush puppies, cheese grits, cole slaw and beverage. Cost is $8 per plate. Desserts available from the Ladies Auxiliary unit at additional cost. For more information, call 912-354-5515, 912-663-8353 or go to www.americanlegionpost184.org.
The Odd Lot Improv Comedy Troupe
8 p.m. Mondays. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Road. Improvisation show by Savannah's premiere comedy troupe, with bits of original comedy skits worked in. Cost is $5 (or what you can donate). For more information, go to www.oddlot.org.