I decided to give myself an early $14 Christmas gift, so I stopped at Graveface Records & Curiosities to pick up Wet Socks' debut album "Drips" on beautiful milk-white vinyl.

If you like garage rock or any kind of fast music, you'll probably get a kick out of Wet Socks and the new record.

"Drips" is the latest release from the locally based label Retro Futurist, which was founded by core members of Kylesa, a Savannah-based band that tours the world.

Of course, Graveface Records & Curiosities is also the physical home for the Graveface Records label.

Local band, locally owned store, local label(s) - hard to get any more local than that.

Perusing the various event listings for this week, I was struck by seeing so many opportunities to support local musicians, artists and causes. For a variety of reasons, December is an excellent month to delve more deeply into the community, to get to know Savannah better.

Want to experience a positive story about young people in Savannah? Then check out the Savannah Children's Theatre Holiday Cabaret on Dec. 13 and 14, or SCT's continuing production of "Promedy" on Dec. 12, 13 and 14. Details at www.savannahchildrenstheatre.org.

Want to learn more about efforts to make Savannah more bicycle-friendly and to see a great example of neighborhood revitalization at the same time? Then check out the Savannah Bicycle Campaign's holiday party and volunteer appreciation event on Dec. 13.

The party runs from 5-8 p.m. and includes "pedal-powered caroling" from 6-7 p.m. for the Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association's Holiday Tour of Homes.

The Savannah Bicycle Campaign is now based at 1301 Lincoln St., at the corner of Henry Street, in a beautifully refurbished commercial structure. I'll be writing more about the building soon for a City Talk column.

You can read more about the Holiday Tour of Homes here in Do and more about the SBC's open house on the nonprofit's Facebook page.

If you're looking for a bawdier sort of celebration, you might want to check out the Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Revue's holiday show "Tis the Teasin'" at The Jinx on Dec. 12 and 13.

You can purchase advance tickets from the Savannah Sweet Tease Etsy store.

There are myriad other listings here in this week's Do about events that showcase local talents. It's just a great time of year to support the efforts of those who want to make Savannah a more vibrant, more artistic and more supportive city.

Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (www.billdawers.com). Email billdawers@comcast.net.