Marianne Ganem Poppell, co-editor of Savannah Master Calendar, and Marcia Banes, events editor of South Magazine, offer up some ways to have fun in the Savannah area this weekend.
-Support the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire with a different kind of charity walk in Forsyth Park Thursday. At Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, participants - men and women - will walk the park in high heels in an effort to raise awareness about violence against women and encourage men to join the fight. Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $10.
-Take in Savannah’s downtown galleries - and enjoy a drink or two - at Saturday’s Savannah Art Walk. The fun kicks off with wine and a welcome from artist Tiffani Taylor at Top Deck, atop the Cotton Sail hotel. Then, follow the art walk map to galleries throughout downtown before heading to the Andaz hotel for more wine and a raffle drawing. Saturday, 4-9 p.m.; free.
-Celebrate one of Savannah’s favorite daughters at the Flannery O’Connor Parade and Street Fair, marking the author’s 91st birthday. The parade around Lafayette Square will feature live music from local musicians - and plenty of revellers dressed as Flannery or her characters. Costumes are encouraged but optional. Sunday, 1-4 p.m.; free.
-Give your weekend drinks a purpose with Cocktails for the Cure, Thursday at Bar Food in Habersham Village. The evening of food, drinks and fun will support breast cancer awareness and next week’s Race for the Cure. Visitors can enjoy food and drink specials and a raffle for a gift basket valued at $200. Thursday, 5 p.m.; free to enter, drink specials available.
-See the latest art on display at Hospice Savannah’s Art Gallery and meet the artists at an opening reception on Thursday. Painter Randy Akers and sculptor Fran Kaminsky will show their work through June 30, and a portion of sales will benefit Hospice Savannah’s extra services not covered by insurance. Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
-Pick up more art for a cause Friday at Location gallery with “I’m Your Biggest Fan” by artist Juliana Peloso. The exhibit features more than 60 small works of celebrity portaiture, with proceeds benefiting One Love Animal Rescue. Friday, 5-8 p.m.
-The work of 100 Black Men of Savannah will be on display at the group’s 20th annual scholarship gala, Saturday at the riverfront Marriott. The group aims to empower Savannah’s young people, and the event will highlight mentees and citizens who’ve made a difference. Proceeds benefit mentoring programs and help provide scholarships for local youth. Saturday, 6 p.m.; $100.