If you're looking for some unique local gifts, or if you're just interested in checking out the vibrant arts scene south of Forsyth Park, then you might want to attend December's First Friday Art March.

The monthly event has been steadily growing and forging important connections with various sponsors and community partners.

The December installment of the Art March includes more than a dozen establishments, from the Grand Bohemian Gallery at The Mansion on Forsyth Park to Black Orchid Tattoo at the corner of Victory Drive and Barnard Street.

The action is centered on DeSoto Avenue, just west of Bull Street between 40th and 41st streets.

On Dec. 6, Desotorow Gallery features the opening of "Figuring The Self," a new exhibit by the talented young artist Adam Gabriel Winnie.

DeSoto Avenue will also feature a craft area for kids, an indie arts market and the check-in station for a scavenger hunt organized by the Savannah Bicycle Campaign's Spokemodels group. Maldoror's Frame Shop will also be open, as will Graveface Records & Curiosities just around the corner on 40th Street.

Non-Fiction Gallery on Bull Street will feature a holiday pop-up shop that includes the work of 10 artists. All items will be priced at less than $50.

Other participating vendors include The Sentient Bean, Foxy Loxy Print Gallery and Café, Anahata Healing Arts and the Starland Café.

If the locations seem too far apart, attendees can park and take the trolley. This is the first time First Friday Art March has included transportation - a big step that could help ensure future success.

The after-party (21 and older) will once again be at The Wormhole, 2307 Bull St. Stop by the information booth on DeSoto Avenue and pick up a coupon for a drink special.

Bill Dawers writes City Talk in the Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (www.billdawers.com). He can be reached via billdawers@comcast.net.