Submit your event at least two weeks in advance by going to events.savannahnow.com. You can also mail to Community Calendar, P.O. Box 1088, Savannah, GA 31402. Announcements are printed daily in the Accent section as space allows. For information, call 912-652-0365.

DEC. 4

Polish Language Classes

6:30- 8 p.m. Thursdays from Dec. 4-March 26. St. James Church, 8412 Whitfield Ave. The Savannah General Pulaski Committee will be conducting Polish language classes. The lessons will be for beginners and will expand to other levels based on interest and level of commitment. The classes will be open to anyone interested in learning the Polish language or brushing up on skills. The first "semester" will begin Dec. 4 and will run through March 26, with a break at Christmas. The cost for the class will be $25 per person or $40 per couple. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling instructor Andrew Boguszewski at 912-401-5861 or going to www.savannahgeneralpulaski.org.

Lecture on Georgia's ports

6 p.m. Dec. 4. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St., Telfair Square. The lecture "Georgia's Ports: An Economic Engine, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," by Robert S. Jepson Jr. will take place Dec. 4 at Jepson Center for the Arts. Jepson, a member of the governor-appointed board of directors of the Georgia Ports Authority, offers his unique insight on this important topic. Free to museum members or included with museum admission. A light reception will follow. Learn more at www.telfair.org.

'A Gracious Christmas'

9:30 a.m. Dec. 4. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. Nationally known Southern chef Virginia Willis and Savannah creative designers Lana Salter, Victoria Holmes and Audrey Wagner King will share ideas and tips for a joyful holiday season at "A Gracious Christmas." In addition to presentations and demonstrations, the event will include a lunch featuring recipes from Willis' cookbooks, a coffee and chocolate bar, a silent auction and a marketplace of gift-worthy crafts. Proceeds from this year's event with benefit the Interfaith Hospitality Network that helps homeless families. Tickets, which include lunch, are $45 and may be purchased at www.savannahfpc.org/graciouschristmas.

Holiday Shopping Extravaganza

6-9 p.m. Dec. 4. St. Vincent's Academy, 207 E. Liberty St. St. Vincent's Academy will host its fifth annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza on Dec. 4. About 40 vendors will gather in Walsh Hall to sell their wares, as shoppers enjoy hors d'oeuvres and beverages while they socialize and purchase gifts. We have everything from women's clothing, accessories, jewelry, purses, children's clothing, menswear, chocolates, gourmet foods and sauces, gift shop items, scrubs, soaps and lotions, monogrammed items, decorative arts and wreaths and collegiate gifts. Learn more at www.svaga.net.

Festival of Lights and Winter Carnival

6-10 p.m. Dec. 4-7; 6-10 p.m. Dec. 11-14; 6-10 p.m. Dec. 18-28. The Westin Savannah Harbor, 1 Resort Drive. The Savannah Harbor Foundation Festival of Lights and Winter Carnival at The Westin is a holiday-themed event featuring a Holiday Boat Parade of Lights, drive-through light show around the Hutchinson Island Road Course, a Ferris wheel and carnival rides on Bryan Square, Gingerbread Village inside the hotel, pictures with Santa, winter-themed inflatables fun zone, holiday concessions and spectacular holiday decor around the resort. Tickets are $20 per car or guided trolley tour with free parking at the trade center. For additional information, go to www.savannahharborfoundation.com.

DEC. 5

'The Little Prince'

Dec. 5-7, 12-14, 19-21. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Road. The Collective Face Theatre Ensemble presents "The Little Prince" by Rick Cummins and John Scoular, adapted from the novella by Antoine de Saint Exupery. A pilot stranded in the Sahara Desert meets an enigmatic, charismatic young prince fallen from the sky who regales him with tales of life among the stars. This delightful adaptation of this classic tale leaves us all with a new understanding of how to laugh, cry and love again. Starring Christopher Blair, Zach Blaylock, Eric Salles and Vanessa Stipkovis. Call 912-232-0018 or go to www.collectiveface.org.

Chili Cook-Off

6-8 p.m. Dec. 5. J.F. Gregory Park, 520 Cedar St., Richmond Hill. Judges will decide who has the best chili in town at the 13th annual Richmond Hill Chili Cook-Off on Dec 5. The grand prize winner for best chili will receive a trophy and $350; first runner-up will receive a trophy and $200; second runner-up will receive a trophy and $100; and third runner-up will receive a trophy and $50. Trophies will also be given for people's choice for best chili and best booth design. The deadline to enter the contest is Dec. 3. Craft and other food booths are also available. Learn more at www.richmondhill-ga.gov.

Port Wentworth tree lighting

6:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Ed Young Senior Center, 103 Turnberry St. The city of Port Wentworth's annual lighting of the tree ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5. This year, the tree will be relocated next to the caboose behind Ed Young Senior Center. Directly after the ceremony, head to P.B Edwards Jr. Gymnasium for refreshments, a children's martial arts show, singing, dancing and Santa Claus. For more details, call Leisure Services at 912-966-7428 or email tlancaster@cityofportwentworth.com.

Tybee tree lighting

6:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Tybrisa/Strand Roundabout, Tybee Island. The Lights On For Tybee Celebration begins on Dec. 5, when Mayor Jason Buelterman lights the Christmas tree downtown at the Tybrisa/Strand Roundabout. The evening will include a variety of live entertainment, extended store hours, specials and complimentary refreshments at participating locations throughout downtown Tybee Island. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will also make a special appearance. Children can also enjoy gently falling snowflakes from the Sea & Breeze throughout the evening. Learn more at www.visittybee.com.

First Friday For Folk Music

7:30-10 p.m. Dec. 5. Stewart Hall, First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. First Friday for Folk Music is a smoke-free, alcohol-free and family-friendly evening of music in a coffeehouse setting. There is a suggested minimum donation of $5 to help support the event and other SFMS activities. This month's show features Bob Fulton and Jason Salzer. Your host for the evening will be Chris Desa. For more information, call 912-898 1876 or go to www.savannahfolk.org.

DEC. 6

Savannah River Bridge Run

Dec. 6. The 2014 Enmark Savannah River Bridge Run will take place Dec. 6. The Bridge Run gives participants the chance to conquer Savannah's Talmadge Bridge, a 1.4-mile span at a 5.5% grade, 196 feet above the Savannah River, on foot. You can register online at www.savannahriverbridgerun.com, in person at Fleet Feet Sports on Waters Avenue or by mail if you download the printable registration form. For more information, go to www.savannahriverbridgerun.com.

Training for teen drivers

Dec. 12-14. The Ricky McAllaster Foundation and Shell Oil/Kinder Morgan present police training for teen drivers, a special course for SVA and BC students from Dec. 12-14. The program is based on the emergency vehicle operations course, which gives police training to all levels of law enforcement. Be one of the first 45 to sign up and pay only $50 for the course. Upon completion, students and parents often qualify for insurance premium discounts with most major insurance companies, which usually exceed the cost of the course. Sign up at www.fearthis4life.org.

Tybee Christmas Parade

1 p.m. Dec. 6. The Tybee Island Christmas Parade will run from the 14th Street beachfront lot (behind Ocean Plaza) to the YMCA on 5th Street. Get into the holiday spirit at this old-fashioned Christmas parade as Mr. and Mrs. Claus are led to the Tybee Gym for photo time and family fun. Learn more at www.visittybee.com.

I Cantori

7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1802 Abercorn St.; and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 3 W. Ridge Road, Skidaway Island. I Cantori, Savannah's chamber ensemble will offer its 24th annual Christmas concert, "All the Brilliant Stars in Heaven," on Dec. 6 and 8. Comprised of 27 singers and led by founder and director Dr. Robert Harris, the program features both advent and Christmas compositions. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from any member of the group or at the door the evening of the concert. For information, call 925-7866 or go to www.icantorisavannah.org.

Richmond Hill Christmas Parade

10 a.m. Dec. 6. Richmond Hill's 19th annual Star-Spangled Christmas Parade will feature several local high school bands, Fort Stewart 3rd Infantry Division Marching Band and Color Guard and the Alee Shriners. There will be a special appearance by Santa Claus and candy for children. The parade begins at 10 a.m. Dec. 6 and will begin on Maple Street, continue on Cherry Street, down Ford Avenue, make a right turn into Richard Davis Drive and continue onto Cedar Street before making its conclusion in J.F. Gregory Park. Learn more at www.richmondhill-ga.gov.

Soup sale and yard sale

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6. St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church, 1625 Fort Howard Road, Rincon. St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church will host an international soup sale and yard sale on Dec. 6. Soups are $5 per bowl, and the sale will feature soups from Romania, Italy, America and more. Call 912-826-5176 for more information.

Free Family Day at Jepson

1-4 p.m. Dec. 6. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St. The afternoon includes art-making activities for families and a demonstration by longtime "I Have Marks to Make" artist and teacher Kenneth Martin. At 3 p.m., Jacksonville-based artist Liz Gibson will give a performance titled "Be Brave, Make Your Mark." Born with seven fingers, Gibson combines her personal experiences with characters, storytelling, songs and props to express the overcoming of adversity. Free Family Days are a fun and educational way to engage the entire family in hands-on creative activities. Learn more at www.telfair.org.

Cool Yule

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6 and noon-5 p.m. Dec. 7. Jepson Center for the Arts and the Owens-Thomas House, 207 W. York St. and 124 Abercorn St. Holiday shopping and member's double discounts are offered during Cool Yule weekend. Discounts apply to all shoppers at two of our Telfair Museums sites. Exclusively at the Jepson Center store, enjoy a children's book signing on Dec. 6 and the annual Artists Trunk Show all weekend. Several local children's book authors and illustrators will be reading and signing their books, and local artists offer hundreds of unique gifts. The Jepson Center store provides free gift wrapping, a children's activity table and refreshments. Learn more at www.telfair.org.

DEC. 7

Tree of Light Gathering

5:15 p.m. Dec. 7. Hospice House, 1352 Eisenhower Drive. Bring meaning to this year's holiday season by attending Hospice Savannah's 23rd annual Tree of Light candle-lighting and memorial gathering on the grounds of Hospice House. Community members are invited to join the bereavement counselors of Full Circle for the annual outdoor event. During this comforting ceremony, participants light a candle and share memories of their loved ones. Music will be provided by harpist Leslie Adair and by soloist Mel Whitehead. Seating is available and the event will be moved indoors in the event of rain. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served immediately following. Donations help support the many grief and loss services provided at no charge by Full Circle's bereavement staff and volunteers. These include a spouse/life partner loss support group; children's grief group; suicide survivors' support group; infant loss support group; individual counseling for children, teens or adults; counseling for area businesses or schools in times of crisis; and Camp Aloha, an overnight children's grief camp that takes place each May. For more information, contact the Full Circle staff at 912-303-9442. Make a gift to honor the memory of your loved one at www.hospicesavannah.org/treeoflight or call 912-629-1055.

Richmond Hill Holiday Tour of Homes

1-5 p.m. Dec. 7. The Richmond Hill Holiday Tour of Homes will feature five beautifully decorated homes on a self-guided tour, as well as a lavish tea at St. Anne's Catholic Church. Tickets are $30 or $35 day of tour. Buy tickets at Richmond Hill Historical Society and Museum, 11460 Ford Ave., or call 756-3697 for more information.

'I Have Marks to Make' opening, reception

2-5 p.m. Dec. 7. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St. The public is invited to this moving program of poetry and performances celebrating the opening of the exhibition. The display officially opens at 2 p.m. Dec. 7, with a program of readings and performances at 3 p.m. and a reception with light refreshments afterward. Admission is free. Learn more at www.telfair.org.

Cool Yule

Noon-5 p.m. Dec. 7. Jepson Center for the Arts and the Owens-Thomas House, 207 W. York St. and 124 Abercorn St. Holiday shopping and member's double discounts are offered during Cool Yule weekend. Discounts apply to all shoppers at two of our Telfair Museums sites. Exclusively at the Jepson Center store, enjoy the annual Artists Trunk Show all weekend with local artists offering hundreds of unique gifts. The Jepson Center store provides free gift wrapping, a children's activity table and refreshments. Learn more at www.telfair.org.

DEC. 8

I Cantori

7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1802 Abercorn St.; and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 3 W. Ridge Road, Skidaway Island. I Cantori, Savannah's chamber ensemble will offer its 24th annual Christmas concert, "All the Brilliant Stars in Heaven," on Dec. 6 and 8. Comprised of 27 singers and led by founder and director Dr. Robert Harris, the program features both advent and Christmas compositions. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from any member of the group or at the door the evening of the concert. For information, call 925-7866 or go to www.icantorisavannah.org.

'Archaeology at the Davenport House'

6:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Kennedy Pharmacy, 323 E. Broughton St. The Davenport House's Harvest Lecture Series offers program on new research about Savannah. "Archaeology at the Davenport House: Findings and The Big Picture" will feature panelists Rita Elliott and Dan Elliott, Lamar Institute; Justin Gunther, Savannah College of Art and Design; and Dr. Christopher Hendricks, Armstrong State University. There will be no admittance once the programs have begun. A reception and opportunity to meet speakers will follow each program. Admission is free but reservations are requested. RSVP to 912-236-8097 or info@davenporthousemuseum.org. Learn more at www.davenporthousemuseum.org.

DEC. 10

Wetlands and agriculture land conservation easements

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service is signing up residents for this year's Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. To be considered for the fiscal year 2015 program, applications must be submitted by Dec. 19. Applications are available at local USDA service centers and www.nrcs.usda.gov/getstarted.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service is signing up residents for the 2015 Environmental Quality Incentives Program. All Georgia producers who wish to be considered for financial assistance should apply by Dec. 19. NRCS provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain and improve our natural resources and environment. More information is available at www.ga.nrcs.usda.gov.

DEC. 11

Israeli ambassador to speak at JEA

7 p.m. Dec. 11. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. The economic ties between Savannah and Israel become stronger every year. With the growth of Israeli industry in Savannah, as exemplified by the arrival of Israeli manufacturers Caeserstone and Haifa-Group, the vital relationships between Zim and the Port of Savannah, as well as Israeli contractors and Gulfstream, a strong relationship between Israel and the Savannah community is ssential. The Savannah Jewish Federation Community Relations Council and the JEA are committed to facilitating opportunities for the community to connect to Israel in a positive way. On Dec. 11, ambassador Opher Aviran of the Israeli Consulate Office in Atlanta will be speaking at the JEA. He will share his views about the current geo-political situation between Israel and the United States, the relationship between the state of Georgia and Israel and the current state of events in Israel regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The event will take place in the auditorium and is free and open to the public. For more information, go to www.savannahjea.org.

'Savannah in the Civil War'

6 p.m. December 11. Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St. Local filmmaker/historian Michael Jordan's 90-minute film highlights events and people who played a role in Savannah's Civil War story. More than a dozen historians discuss forces that shaped Savannah's war years, and 30 local actors portray important Savannahians of the time. Characters include Suzie King Taylor, the only African-American woman to keep a journal during the war, and Francis Bartow, who suggested gray as the Confederate military uniform color. Learn about the massive prisoner-of-war camp that housed thousands of Union prisoners in Forsyth Park, the dramatic battle between ironclad warships in Ossabaw Sound and other key events. Cost is general museum admission, or free to museum members. Learn more at www.telfair.org.

DEC. 12

'The Eve of Occupation' Living History Program

6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 12, 13 and 14. Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St. Telfair Museums will present a living history program interpreting the Union occupation of Savannah from the perspective of the Telfair family. From the beginning of the Civil War, Savannahians had viewed the conflict and its horrifying consequences as distant spectacles. On Dec. 10, 1864, everything changed when 60,000 Union troops maneuvered on the outskirts of the city. Confederates, numbering only 10,000, successfully retreated to Hardeeville. Lacking military defense, on Dec. 21, Mayor Richard Arnold made a plea for peaceful surrender of the city. Tickets are $20 per adult and $5 per child. Learn more at www.telfair.org.

Christmas Dinner with the Garrison

7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Fort King George State Historic Site, 302 McIntosh Road, Darien. Join the Garrison of Fort King George to savor a delicious evening meal consisting of baked chicken, honey-glazed ham, garden salad, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans almondine and apple and peach cobblers. The fort buildings will be festively decorated for the holiday and entertainment includes live hammered dulcimer music, caroling and the firing of the Christmas guns. Cost is $35 per person. All proceeds from this annual fundraiser benefit the nonprofit Garrison of Fort King George. For more information, call 912-437-4770 or go to www.gastateparks.org/fortkinggeorge.

DEC. 13

Free bird walks at Fort Pulaski

8:30 a.m. Dec. 13. Fort Pulaski National Monument, U.S. Highway 80. Once a month at 8:30 a.m., unless noted, members of the Ogeechee Audubon Society, the Savannah chapter of the National Audubon Society, will lead the bird walks at Fort Pulaski National Monument. Interested birders can meet a member of the Ogeechee Audubon Society near the park's entrance station at 8:30 a.m. We will be on the lookout for marsh sparrows, shorebirds, sedge wrens and more. At 9 a.m., the bird walk will continue through the park. These special programs will be offered each month at no charge. No reservations are necessary. Be prepared and dress for the weather. Bring your camera, binoculars, guide books, sunscreen and bug spray. For the latest schedule changes, go to www.nps.gov/fopu/planyourvisit/events.htm.

150th anniversary of the Siege of Fort McAllister

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 13. Fort McAllister State Park, 3894 For McAllister Road, Richmond Hill. Join the troops at Fort McAllister on Dec. 13 as they reenact the taking of the fort by Union forces and General William T. Sherman on that day 150 years ago. The fort, known as the "Guardian of Savannah," was attacked seven times by Union ironclads before Sherman sent troops to take the fort by land, where they outnumbered the Confederates 25 to 1. This significant Civil War battle marked the end of Sherman's March to the Sea in 1864. Skirmishes, drills and living history programs will take place throughout the day and the final assault reenactment will take place at 5 p.m. Cost is $7.50 for adults; $4.50 for children 6-17; and free for children younger than 6. For more info, go to www.gastateparks.org/fortmcallister or call 912-727-2339.

VFW Post 660 Children's Christmas Party

1:30-3 p.m. Dec. 13. VFW Post 660, 5115 Ogeechee Road. VFW Post 660 will host a Children's Christmas Party from 1:30-3 p.m. Dec. 13. The Post put in a special request for Santa to visit, and he has agreed to spread cheer and joy to the children. Parents wishing to attend are asked to bring your child's gift wrapped with his or her name and age. Santa will be available for pictures. For more information, call 912-235-3001 after 3 p.m. any day of the week.

Port Royal parade

5:15 p.m. Dec. 13. The fifth annual Port Royal Christmas Golf Cart Parade will be Dec. 13, beginning at Helena Place Senior Living on Paris Avenue in Port Royal. All area residents are invited to decorate their golf carts and participate in the parade. All golf carts must be lined up in the Helena Place parking lot by 5 p.m. The procession of carts will begin promptly at 5:15 p.m. The parade will advance down Paris Avenue to 8th Street, then to London and end at Live Oak Park. Everyone wanting to partake in the Christmas revelry is encouraged to line the parade route. All are invited to enjoy hot refreshments and snacks under the pavilion at Live Oak Park, where the winners of the golf cart decorating contest will be announced. The parade will feature a special guest appearance by Santa Claus. The event is free and open to the public. The rain date is Dec. 14. For more information, call 252-3001 or email rewing@enlivant.com.

Luminary Night with Santa

6-8 p.m. Dec. 13. Skidaway Island State Park. Bring your children and pets for pictures with Santa at Skidaway Island State Park on Dec. 13. Enjoy a walk along our enchanted luminary trail and take a hayride around the park. Sip on hot chocolate while decorating cookies and making holiday crafts. Prices are $5 per photo, $2 for hayrides and $5 for parking. For more information, call 912-598-2300.

'The Eve of Occupation' Living History Program

6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14. Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St. Telfair Museums will present a living history program interpreting the Union occupation of Savannah from the perspective of the Telfair family. From the beginning of the Civil War, Savannahians had viewed the conflict and its horrifying consequences as distant spectacles. On Dec. 10, 1864, everything changed when 60,000 Union troops maneuvered on the outskirts of the city. Confederates, numbering only 10,000, successfully retreated to Hardeeville. Lacking military defense, on Dec. 21, Mayor Richard Arnold made a plea for peaceful surrender of the city. Tickets are $20 per adult and $5 per child. Learn more at www.telfair.org.

DEC. 14

Annual reading of Capote's 'A Christmas Memory'

3 p.m. Dec. 14. Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton St. The Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home will host the 25th annual reading of Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory." Retired Armstrong State University English professor Bob Strozier, a founding member of the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home Foundation, will read this holiday classic as part of the home's Fall Lecture Series. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more at www.flanneryoconnorhome.org.

'The Eve of Occupation' Living History Program

6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 14. Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St. Telfair Museums will present a living history program interpreting the Union occupation of Savannah from the perspective of the Telfair family. From the beginning of the Civil War, Savannahians had viewed the conflict and its horrifying consequences as distant spectacles. On Dec. 10, 1864, everything changed when 60,000 Union troops maneuvered on the outskirts of the city. Confederates, numbering only 10,000, successfully retreated to Hardeeville. Lacking military defense, on Dec. 21, Mayor Richard Arnold made a plea for peaceful surrender of the city. Tickets are $20 per adult and $5 per child. Learn more at www.telfair.org.

DEC. 17

Savannah/Chatham County Christian Women's Club

Noon. Dec. 17. Carey Hilliard's Banquet Room, 11111 Abercorn St. All are invited to "Christmas In The Air" on Dec. 17 with the Savannah/Chatham County Christian Women's Club. We will sing Christmas carols led by Pam Holloway. Speaker Terri Harper of Darien will share with us how, after traveling the world, she found true love at home. Angel Macaulay with Mary Kay will show us how to look good in a hurry during the busy holidays. For luncheon reservations, call Betty at 925-3789 or Diane at 356-5127, or email Savannahstonecroft@yahoo.com. Please respond by Dec. 15. Call or email any cancellations.

DEC. 18

Marine Corps League

7 p.m. Dec. 18. Marine Reserve Building, Hunter Army Airfield. The Marine Corps League will meet Nov. 20 and every third Thursday thereafter at the Marine Reserve Building, Hunter Army Airfield. The meetings are for current Marines serving honorably or Marines having served honorably, to share in the espirit de corps. For more information, contact Roland Towery at 443-904-1259 or email rtowery3@gmail.com.

Masonic Christmas Ball

7-11 p.m. Dec. 18. Richmond Hill City Center in J.F. Gregory Park. The Masonic Christmas Ball is open to the public. The event takes place Dec. 18 at Richmond Hill City Center. This event is semi-formal and includes a full gourmet dinner and live DJ with dancing. Please email Shane Gray at gray1064@gmail.com for ticket info.

DEC. 19

Savannah Area Military Officers Association

Dec. 19. Johnny Harris Banquet Hall, 1651 E. Victory Drive. The local chapter of MOAA Military Officers Association of America, a group for current and former officers, meets the third Friday of the month for lunch or dinner at Johnny Harris Banquet Hall. Dinner is by RSVP and is $20 per person.The chapter supports the military community and raises funds to award local ROTC scholarships. Contact Joe Crews 912-313-3044 or Roland Towery 443-904-1259 for more information.

Fort Pulaski Candle Lantern Tour

6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 19-20. Fort Pulaski National Monument, U.S. 80. Fort Pulaski will commemorate the Confederate Nog party of 1861 with the Fort Pulaski Candle Lantern Tour. Each year during the holiday season, visitors can take a night-time tour of the historic fort by candlelight and oil lamps. Hot cider, cookies, caroling and weapons firings will allow guests to relive the festive occasion of 1861. Six programs will be offered each half-hour from 6-8:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per adult. Children 15 years old and younger are admitted free, but reservations must be made for them. Advance tickets are highly recommended and may be purchased in person from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by cash, check or credit card. Credit card orders are accepted by phone at 912-786-5787, ext. 120. Learn more about Fort Pulaski National Monument at www.nps.gov/fopu.

DEC. 20

Savannah Reindeer Run

8:45 a.m. Dec. 20. The Rape Crisis Center will host the fifth annual Savannah Reindeer Run 8K. The run will benefit anti-bully activity provided by the Prevention Education program at RCC. This event is consistent with RCC's mission to promote healthy relationships among youth and young adults. The race takes place Dec. 20. Adults and youth are invited to run an 8K at 9 a.m. and younger children will enjoy a kiddie race beginning at 8:45 a.m. All youth older than 10 are encouraged to raise funds for their $25 race entry fee, which includes a T-shirt, food and post-race festivities. Monetary prizes will be award to youth with most funds raised. To register, go to www.runsignup.com. For more information, call 233-3000.

Fort Pulaski Candle Lantern Tour

6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 19-20. Fort Pulaski National Monument, U.S. 80. Fort Pulaski will commemorate the Confederate Nog party of 1861 with the Fort Pulaski Candle Lantern Tour. Each year during the holiday season, visitors can take a night-time tour of the historic fort by candlelight and oil lamps. Hot cider, cookies, caroling and weapons firings will allow guests to relive the festive occasion of 1861. Six programs will be offered each half-hour from 6-8:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per adult. Children 15 years old and younger are admitted free, but reservations must be made for them. Advance tickets are highly recommended and may be purchased in person from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by cash, check or credit card. Credit card orders are accepted by phone at 912-786-5787, ext. 120. Learn more about Fort Pulaski National Monument at www.nps.gov/fopu.

DEC. 21

Colonial Christmas

1-4 p.m. Dec. 21. Wormsloe State Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Road. Join Wormsloe Historic Site this Christmas to celebrate the season colonial style, with wassailing (caroling), hot cider, a warm hearth and the burning of the Yule log. A brief discussion will focus on the way life would have been during the holiday season and the how festivities would have been enjoyed. This is a family-friendly event. Cost is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and military, $4.50 for youth ages 6-17 and $2 for children younger than 6. Learn more at www.gastateparks.org/Wormsloe.

DEC. 22

SAVE THE DATE: Ossabaw Writer's Retreat

Feb. 20-25. Ossabaw Island. This six-day retreat will include five nights' lodging, meals, ferry transportation, writing workshops, craft seminars and manuscript consultations with nationally recognized authors, including poet Neil Shepard, memoirist Beverly Donofrio and novelists Lenore Hart and David Poyer. Space is limited to five writers in each genre (fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry.) Cost is $1,750 for the week. Learn more at www.ossabawwritersretreat.org.

DEC. 25

Christmas Jam Concert

5-8 p.m. Dec. 25. Savannah Station, 601 Cohen St. The Coastal Jazz Association's 39th annual Christmas Jam Concert is a gathering and homecoming concert and jam session, with many local and regional jazz singers and musicians participating. It's also a fundraiser for jazz scholarships. Advance tickets can be purchased for $20 at Portman's Music Superstore at 7650 Abercorn St., Rody's Audio Warehouse at 7700 Abercorn St., The Magic Puppet Toy Store at 212 W. Broughton St., Savannah Bookkeeper at 123 E. Montgomery Cross Road and TailsSpin Pet Supplies at 4501 Habersham St. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $25. Tickets can also be ordered at www.coastaljazz.org.

DEC. 31

Fireworks at Tybee

Midnight. Dec. 31. Tybee Island Pier & Pavilion. Tybee Island will ring in 2015 with a New Year's Eve fireworks celebration, igniting the open sky with one of the largest firework displays in the Southeast. Enjoy the fireworks from the pier, the beach or anywhere on the eastern side of the island. This popular annual event, which has become a Tybee tradition, is free and open to the public. Go to www.visittybee.com or call 912-786-5444.

JAN. 1

Tybee Polar Plunge

11 a.m. Jan. 1. Tybee Island Pier & Pavilion. On New Year's Day, join thousands of people and take the plunge into the frigid Atlantic Ocean at the 15thannual Tybee Polar Plunge. Don't miss the "Gang of Goofs" contest, where everyone is invited to dress up in funny, wacky costumes for a chance to parade in front of an esteemed panel of judges and to win prizes. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the historic Tybee Post Theater. The Gang of Goofs parade and contest is at 11 a.m., with the Polar Plunge at noon. Entry fee is $25 for adults to take the plunge and register for the Gang of Goofs contest and $15 for children younger than 12. Cost includes a long-sleeved Tybee Polar Plunge T-shirt. Tybee Post Theater members enjoy a 10 percent discount off entry fee. Register in person from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 27-31 at the Tybrisa Roundabout on Tybrisa Street or from 9-11:30 a.m. Jan. 1 at the Tybee Island Pier & Pavilion. The deadline to register for the Gang of Goofs contest is 10:30 a.m. Jan. 1. Register online at www.tybeepolarplunge.com.

JAN. 15

Vale Rideout concert

7 p.m. Jan. 15. Skidaway Island United Methodist Church, 24 Diamond Causeway. Skidaway Island United Methodist Church will welcome former American Traditions Competition winner and artistic consultant Vale Rideout to perform at its first concert of the new year. This recital is part of the Arts on Skidaway series, which features free or significantly discounted tickets for a series of seven concerts in the sanctuary. Rideout will perform a recital of art songs and opera, and the show is free for all to attend. For more information, go to www.americantraditionscompetition.com or call 912-233-7764. For more information about the Arts on Skidaway program, go to www.siumc.org.

JAN. 16

Gray's Reef Ocean Film Festival

Jan. 16-17. Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. Gray's Reef, Georgia's national marine sanctuary, hosts its annual film festival honoring our oceans. Connectivity among humans and the ocean will be the focus of this year's event, with students submitting work in this category for the Emerging Filmmakers Competition. Learn more at graysreef.noaa.gov.

JAN. 26

Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities meeting

1:30 p.m. Jan. 26. Captain Joe's, 2115 Golden Isle E., Baxley. The Region 5 Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities will host its monthly Planning Board meeting at Captain Joe's Restaurant. The public is invited to attend. For further information, contact Beth Roach at 912-427-4306.

FEB. 5

Moveable Feast Series

6 p.m. Feb. 5. The Beach Institute/King Tisdale Cottage Foundation, 502 E. Harris St. Dr. Becky da Cruz, Dr. Ned Rinalducci, Dr. Maxine Bryant and Dr. George Brown will lead a lecture, "Re-enfranchising the Disenfranchised: Voting Rights in America." This panel of scholars will examine the multi-faceted history of voting rights of African Americans, focusing on the political, sociological and legal implications of efforts to restrict and deny access to the vote - the fundamental instrument of democracy. Of particular interest will be an exploration of the effects of incarceration on the black community and the relationship between criminal records and voting rights. By devoting equal time to the achievements of African Americans, this discussion will emphasize and celebrate Civil Rights initiatives that led to the expansion of voting rights, which in turn contributed to the election of the first African-American president of the United States. The panelists will conclude by offering perspectives on the possibilities for the continuation of re-enfranchisement movements. Learn more at www.armstrong.edu.

MARCH 5

Moveable Feast Series

6:30 p.m. March 5. The Armstrong House, 447 Bull St. Dr. Michael Toma, department of economics, will lead a lecture, "Do Numbers Speak for Themselves? The Liberal Arts Requirement and Savannah's Metro Economy." Data can provide resources for analytical investigations of business phenomena, but privileging numbers alone can also hinder our quest for insight into human interactions in everyday economic transactions. This talk will explore how data both augments and clouds our vision of the workings on Savannah's metro area economy. Calloway professor of economics Dr. Michael Toma will argue that a liberal arts education serves as a crucial foundation from which to examine data-based analytical superstructures. Engaging both data collection and critical thinking, he will offer a fuller picture of our economy's performance today and where it is likely headed tomorrow. Learn more at www.armstrong.edu.

APRIL 12

Moveable Feast Series

6:30 p.m. April 2. Fine Arts Auditorium on Armstrong State University's campus, Science Drive. Dr. Deborah Jamieson (art history), Dr. Steve Primatic (percussion), Dr. Benjamin Warsaw (piano), Dr. Emily Grundstad-Hall (voice) of the department of art, music and theater will lead the lecture, "The Emergence of Modernism: Art Between the Wars." This collaborative performance will integrate the visual and performing arts of the early 20th century to explore the emergence of modernism as it is bracketed within the cultural context of World War I and World War II. Examining key paintings of the era and paralleling their motifs with those in musical composition, this final course of our Moveable Feast will bring together professors of art and music to trace an arc from Debussy to Stravinsky, to Weil and Gershwin, finishing with a tribute to Cole Porter and American jazz. Learn more at www.armstrong.edu.

ONGOING

Basic Gun Safety Class

8:30 a.m.-noon. Third Saturday of every month. Chatham County Sheriff's Office firearms instructors offer a basic gun safety class for Chatham County civilians on the third Saturday of every month from 8:30 a.m. until noon. The tuition is $25. If interested in attending the class, please contact Sgt. Glisson at 912-652-6959 to sign up as class sizes are limited for safety reasons. Those interested do not need to own a firearm to attend the class.

Free support group for new and expectant parents

10-11:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month. Erigo, 5301 Paulsen St. Come meet fellow parents and their children to discuss and learn different ways to enjoy parenthood. Cate Glyn-Jones, registered nurse, midwife and lactation consultant, will be on hand to answer all of your questions. This is a free event with refreshments served. To learn more, contact 912-544-6387 or support@erigosavannah.com.

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, ctcsavannahga@att.net 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 Ogeechee Road. Williams A Reed Memorial Post 660 meets the second Sunday of each month. Post meetings are at 5115 Ogeechee Road. For more information regarding our meetings or eligibility for membership in the VFW, call 912-235-3001.

Honor Flight Savannah seeks veterans, volunteers

Honor Flight Savannah is offering WW II and Korean War era veterans living in southeast Georgia and southeastern South Carolina an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to visit their war memorials. To register for a trip or to volunteer to serve as a guardian on a trip, go to www.honorflightsavannah.org or call 912-925-7280. Honor Flight Savannah is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free trips to Washington, D.C., for area veterans. Funding for trips is dependent on contributions from community citizens and businesses.

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.

Midday Yoga

12:15-1 p.m. Tuesdays. Rincon Recovery Resources, 613 Towne Park Drive West, Suite 103. Midday yoga uses Hatha yoga style. Call 912-826-0918 for more information.

13th Colony Sound Savannah Chorus

6:30 p.m. Mondays. Savannah Arts Academy, 500 Washington St. The 13th Colony Sound Savannah Barbershop Chorus meets every Monday at Savannah Arts Academy. 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. For more information, call 912-927-6145 or 912-236-2705 or email lhadwin@earthlink.net.

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 info@thehabershamschool.org.

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.

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.

MOMSNext Meeting

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 kymmccarty@hotmail.com.

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. to 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.

Jazz music

7:30-10:30 p.m. Fridays. Ruth's Chris Steak House, 111 W. 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.

Wonderful Wednesday

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

Dog Days

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.

Savannah Sings!

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.

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. â©

Dog walks

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.

Dance Party

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.

Fish fry

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

The Odd Lot Improv Comedy Troupe8 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.