Island Hopping

Island Hopping is a free service for non-profits, service organizations and local groups. Items are listed in chronological order as space allows. To submit an item, email it to us at mail@theskinnie.com. Deadline is the Thursday before publication.

 

October 20, 2017

 

THE NEW YOU

 

WHAT:  Are you a New Neighbors member?

CONTACT:  To join, go to the website and click on Membership, or contact Deb Werner at nnnewmember@gmail.com or 912.660.0174

WHAT ELSE:  New Neighbors is a very active club open to any individual who lives at The Landings on a full- or part-time basis, is over the age of 21 and has never belonged to the Landings New Neighbors.  The club offers more than 250 different activities, tours and events for you to enjoy. Go to www.landingsnewneighbors.com to see more examples of how exciting New Neighbors can be. 

   

FANTASTIC FIBERS

 

WHAT:  October Art Show at the JEA, featuring the works of The Fiber Guild of the Savannahs

WHEN:  Oct. 1 through 31

WHERE:  Jewish Educational Alliance

HOW MUCH:  Free and open to the public

CONTACT:  Vicky Lunick, 355.8111

WHAT ELSE:  The Fiber Guild of the Savannahs is a group of fiber artists who meet regularly to share inspiration and techniques, using a wide variety of fiber-related arts. Spinning, weaving, dyeing, quilting, knitting, basketry, rug-making, paper manipulation, needle felting, and crocheting are just some of the crafts our members explore. We have a strong sense of community service and volunteerism. Our members demonstrate traditional pioneer crafts to children and families at the annual festivals at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. Beginners, amateurs and professional fiber artists are all welcome to join the guild.

 

BE A DECENT DOCENT

 

WHAT:  Davenport House Docent Training Program

WHEN:  Mondays in Oct., beginning Oct. 2, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Davenport House Museum, 324 E. State St.

HOW MUCH:  Free

CONTACT:  Rebecca Bustinduy, 236.8097, rbustinduy@davenporthousemuseum.org, davenporthousemuseum.org

WHAT ELSE: This is a four-week training program.  Docents lead tours and assist with programs for people from around the world who visit the historic house.   

 

GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY 

 

WHAT:  Master Artist Workshop: “Portrait Sculpture with Susie Chisholm” 

WHEN:  Friday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

WHERE:  Jepson Center 

HOW MUCH:  Museum members $375, non-members $400

CONTACT:  Register online at Telfair.org/classes or call 912.790.8823

WHAT ELSE: Susie Chisholm’s work is in numerous private collections. She has created monumental sculptures across the country. Locally, you can find her work at Reynolds Square Fine Art Gallery. This three-day workshop for all levels ranging from beginner to advanced students teaches the construction of a life-sized portrait bust in water-based clay. This workshop will explore blocking in overall shapes, bone landmarks, and major muscle groups. Students will work toward capturing the likeness and character of the model.

 

REVEALING RENOVATION

 

WHAT: Landlovers Home Renovation Showcase

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Ten fabulous homes that been transformed with beautiful renovations

HOW MUCH: $35 ($25 for volunteers) to include wine-and-cheese reception

CONTACTS: Gretchen Nazaruk at ketchup57@aol.com or Frankie Hale at 4402228frankie@gmail.com

WHAT ELSE: Order form tubed throughout community in August and on Landlovers website, landingslandlovers.com.

 

WORD ON THE STREET

 

WHAT:  Fall Festival Sidewalk Book Sale

WHERE:  Village Library

WHEN:  Saturday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

CONTACT: thevillagelibrary.org or 598.1183

WHAT ELSE:  Reasonably priced hardcover and paperback books, CDs and DVDs for all age groups. Fiction and non-fiction.  Free face-painting for children. along with other amusements.

 

ISLE OF ART

 

WHAT: Isle of Hope Art & Music Fest 

WHEN:  Saturday, Oct. 21, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Isle of Hope Marina, located at Bluff Drive and Paxton Park

HOW MUCH: Free 

CONTACT: For a detailed schedule of entertainment and more information, visit www.iohha.com or contact Brigitte VanBaelen at 912.665.1048.

WHAT ELSE: More than 100 local Savannah area artists and vendors, offering jewelry, ceramics, watercolor and acrylic paintings, wood turning, fiber arts and more. Live music will be taking place at the Dockworks Stage from 10:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m., and at Shear Elegance Salon Acoustic Corner, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. There will be plenty of amazing food to be tasted at this year’s festival in cooperation with the Savannah Food Truck Festival.

 

SHE CAN SHOOT

 

WHAT:  Ladies Guns and Ammo Event 

WHEN:  Saturday, Oct. 21

WHERE:  Savannah Golf Club, 1661 E. President St.

HOW MUCH: Classes, target practice and luncheon - $85; luncheon only - $45; Raffle tickets - $25 each or five for $100; t-shirts - $17

CONTACT: Visit SARW.org/product-category/ladies-guns-and-ammo or call Marolyn Overton, 598.7358

WHAT ELSE:  Ladies Guns and Ammo is an educational event intended to instruct women on laws associated with handguns, as well as proper safety protocols. The event will target practice and a luncheon featuring Katie Pavlich. Classes are limited to 60 participants and handguns will be provided. To RSVP for a luncheon meeting, contact Rebecca Rhinehart, 398.0111 or visit SARW.org/reservations.

 

THE NOT SO AMAZING RACE 

 

WHAT:  Jewish Women of the Landings (JWOL)

WHEN:  Sunday, Oct. 22, 3:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Sunset Pavillion, Delegal Marina

HOW MUCH: $21 per person, includes dinner only or dinner and the race

CONTACT: Joan Weiner at joanw10@me.com 

WHAT ELSE: Join the fun for “The Not So Amazing Race” road rally. Meet at Delegal Marina, divide into teams, and search for clues around Skidaway Island. Who will find them first? The adventure begins at 3:30 and concludes at the marina with a delicious deli supper at 5:30 p.m. Spouses and significant others are invited. Contact Joan Weiner for details and make checks out to JWOL, and deliver or send them to Joan.

 

KINDER MUSIK

 

WHAT: Young People’s Concert

WHEN:  Sunday, Oct. 22, 5 p.m.

WHERE:  Skidaway Island United Methodist Church

HOW MUCH:  Free

CONTACT:  Sally Dayton, 598.8112

WHAT ELSE: The “Arts on Skidaway” concert series, this installment features several talented student violinists and pianists from the Garrison School of Visual and Performing Arts and the Savannah Arts Academy.

 

TO YOUR HEALTH

 

WHAT:  Encourage Health Series: “Stress and Sleep: The Forgotten Keys to Health” 

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 24, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE:  1375 Chatham Parkway

HOW MUCH: Free

CONTACT:  Matt Clements, MClements@enmarkstations.com 

WHAT ELSE:  This is the fourth year Healthy Savannah and local businesses have partnered to host the Encourage Health education series, which features four lunchtime presentations from respected experts who share insights on nutrition and fitness plus general tips for healthy living. To RSVP, visit healthysavannah.org/2017-encourage-health-series/.

 

NOURISHING NEIGHBORS

 

WHAT:  Landlovers Community Service

WHEN:  Friday, Oct. 27, 8:15 a.m.

WHERE:  Skidaway Island Methodist Church to carpool to Second Harvest

CONTACT:  llcommservice@gmail.com 

WHAT ELSE:  Plan to join us for a morning at America’s Second Harvest packing boxes of food for seniors. No skill required, just a caring heart. We would particularly like to encourage any men who have time to join us.

 

AUTUMN ART

 

WHAT:  Landings Art Association 2017 Fall Art Show and Sale

WHEN: Through Friday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays

WHERE:  Merrill Lynch Atrium Gallery, Village Walk in The Landings

CONTACT:  Betsy Slocum, Gallery Chair at bsartista@yahoo.com or 804.318.0066 

WHAT ELSE:  The LAA invites all interested art lovers to its newest fall Show. This year’s show has topped prior ones with a record number of original pieces by local, premier artists. A wide selection of media will be represented with price points that will entice all art aficionados! 

 

COME ABOARD

 

WHAT:  End of the Season Bash

WHEN:  Friday, Oct. 27, 6 p.m.

WHERE:  Skidaway Island State Park, group building

HOW MUCH:  $27 per person; $32 per guest

CONTACT:  siboatingclub@gmail.com

WHAT ELSE:  Skidaway Island Boating Club will celebrate the traditional end of the boating season with a “Love Boat” themed catered dinner buffet featuring salmon and prime rib. To RSVP, visit skidawayislandboatingclub.org by Oct. 23. BYOB, and casual cruise wear suggested!

 

REFORM SCHOOL

 

WHAT: Presentations by Dr. Charles Partee, professor emeritus of Church History at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, 50 Diamond Causeway

CONTACTS: For more information, call the church at 598-0151 or check the church’s website at www.sipres.org.

WHAT ELSE: Dr. Charles Partee will lead a discussion on the Reformation and its meaning for the Skidaway Island community in the church’s fellowship hall. Dr. Partee will also preach at Skidaway Island Presbyterian on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m.  That same Sunday evening, at 7 p.m, Dr. Partee will lead a discussion among clergy in the community on the Reformation and its ongoing significance. Then, on Monday, Oct. 29, as a part of the Learning Center’s program on Skidaway Island, Dr. Partee is lecturing on “John Calvin, the Other Reformer.”  

 

SERVING UP SOMETHING SPECIAL

 

WHAT:  Adaptive tennis clinic for intellectually challenged adults

WHEN:  Saturdays, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

WHERE:  Franklin Creek Tennis Facility, The Landings Club

HOW MUCH:  FREE

CONTACT:  Mary Smith, 404.395.8691 to register an athlete

WHAT ELSE:  Sponsored by Special Pops Tennis.  See our website at specialpopstennis-savannah.com or follow us on Facebook at Special Pops Tennis of Savannah for more details.

 

DINERS’ CLUB

 

WHAT: Nor’Easter golf and dinner event

WHEN:  Sunday, Oct. 29, 1 p.m. shotgun; Dinner - Plantation - Sunday Buffet, Social time starts at 6:30

WHERE:  Oakridge Course 

HOW MUCH:  $7 per person for golf, plus cost of buffet charged to member’s account; Annual dues not included are $5 per person for 2017

CONTACT:  ginnypierce@gmail.com

WHAT ELSE:  All members are invited for dinner if not playing golf. Send first and last names, club number, phone number and email, and designate whether playing golf and/or dinner.

 

GARDEN PARTY

 

WHAT: Landlovers Green Thumb Meeting

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Messiah Lutheran Church

CONTACT: Betty Stout, 598.9693 or Kristina Swenson, 598.9470 

WHAT ELSE: “Waterwise Landscaping with Native Plants in Coastal Georgia.” The guest speaker is Keren Giovengo, program manager of UGA Ecoscapes.

 

ART IN STITCHES

 

WHAT: November Art Show at the JEA, featuring the works of the Art Quilters of the Lowcountry

WHEN: Nov. 1-20; Opening Reception - Nov. 5, 1-3 p.m.

WHERE: Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St.

HOW MUCH: Free and open to the public

CONTACT: Vicky Lunick - 912.355.8111

 

FINDING A FOUNDING FATHER

 

WHAT: “Thomas Jefferson:  Leadership in a Revolutionary World,” a conversation with Dr. Alan Taylor

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 2, 6 p.m.

WHERE: Christ Church Episcopal, 28 Bull St.

HOW MUCH: Free and open to the public

WHAT ELSE: The Georgia Historical Society and UVaClub of Savannah will host an evening with Dr. Alan Taylor, Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair at the University of Virginia, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, winner of the Bancroft Prize, and the National Book Award.

 

PINTS FOR PUPS

 

WHAT:  2017 Pup Crawl

WHEN:  Thursday, Nov. 2, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Downtown Savannah bars; beginning at the Rail Pub

HOW MUCH:  $20 pre-sale or $25 day-of

CONTACT:  Becca Bruni, rbruni@humanesocietysav.org or 912.354.9515 x 114

WHAT ELSE:  Enjoy the night as you meander around downtown with souvenir cup in hand. This fan favorite fundraiser starts at the Rail Pub where Crawlers purchase their souvenir cups, then mosey along to the other participating locations to receive free signature drinks. Entry fee includes a free drink from each participating bar!

 

SEMPER FI

 

WHAT:  242nd Anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps

WHEN:  Friday, Nov. 3, 6 p.m.

WHERE:  Plantation Club

WHAT ELSE:  Guest speaker - Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Frank Libutti. All former members of the four armed forces and their guests are welcome.

 

PUTTNG TO END POVERTY 

 

WHAT:  Social Apostolate Golf Outing 

WHEN:  Monday, Nov. 6, 9 a.m.

WHERE:  Marshwood Golf Course 

HOW MUCH:  Players $135, Sponsors $150 to $1,000 

CONTACT:  Kate Haase, 912.604.9669 or kthaze@mac.com 

WHAT ELSE: The Social Apostolate focuses on employability, self-sufficiency and stability for the poor, homeless, disabled and at-risk population in Savannah. 

 

HELPING HOSPICE

 

WHAT:  Hospice Savannah Golf Tournament presented by USI Insurance Services

WHEN:  Friday, Nov. 10, 12 noon

WHERE:  The Landings Club’s Plantation Course

HOW MUCH:  $150 per golfer with Gold, Silver, Bronze and Tee sponsorships available

CONTACT: www.HospiceSavannah.org/Golf or contact USI’s Daniel Sims at 912.436.0756

WHAT ELSE:  Driving range and lunch at 12 p.m. with a 1:15 p.m. shotgun start with a four-man scramble (captain’s choice) format. 

Drinks and appetizers during post-tournament awards. Registration forms can be downloaded at HospiceSavannah.org/Golf

 

FASHION TEAS

 

WHAT: High Tea and Fashion Show Fundraiser

WHERE:  Elks Lodge - 183 Wilshire Blvd.

WHEN:  Sunday, Nov. 12, 2 to 4 p.m.

HOW MUCH:  $15/person

CONTACT:  RSVP to sharonj123@bellsouth.net or 912.507.5570

WHAT ELSE: Bring your own special teacup (or one will be provided) and enjoy high tea and fashions by SteinMart. All proceeds donated to Elks Aidmore Auxiliary Charities. The public is welcome.

 

THIS OLD HOUSE

 

WHAT:  “Conservation and Restoration at the Owens-Thomas House”

WHEN:  Monday, Nov. 13

WHERE:  Jepson Center 

HOW MUCH:  Admission is free and open to the public

WHAT ELSE:  This lecture presents the Owens-Thomas House as an evolving example of historic preservation and the various approaches and treatments used in its material preservation throughout the home’s nearly 70 years as a historic house museum. A reception, sponsored by the Friends of the Owens-Thomas House, will follow. 

 

BONKERS FOR BUNCO

 

WHAT: Landlovers Bunco

WHEN: Wednesday Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Landings Association Office

HOW MUCH: $5 (singles preferred)

CONTACT: landloversbunco@gmail.com

WHAT ELSE:  Bring your drink of choice in a covered container.

 

CARING AND SHARING

 

WHAT:  Stroke Support Group

WHEN:  Third Thursday of each month, 4 to 5 p.m.

WHERE:  Messiah Lutheran Church, 1 West Ridge Rd.

HOW MUCH:  Free and open to all stroke survivors

CONTACT:  Shirley Nack, 598.7047

WHAT ELSE:  Following a stroke, a survivor’s anxiety, fear, and frustration can be enormous. We offer encouragement and determination in this group.    

 

DESK DUTY

 

WHAT: Volunteers Needed 

WHERE: The Alzheimer’s Association office in Savannah

CONTACT: Theresa Winters Bayman, 912.920.4701

WHAT ELSE: The Alzheimer’s Association office in Savannah (serving the 19 coastal counties) is seeking retirees interested in volunteering. We are looking for office greeters at 201 Television Circle. Responsibilities include welcoming guests, signing for packages, assisting in putting education packets or mailings together, and other tasks as needed. Office hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, with flexible shifts. Thank you for helping us support families in our area.

 

MEET AND EAT

 

WHAT: Landlovers Social Singles

CONTACT: Barbara Meyer at 335.4673 or bpmeyer63@yahoo.com

WHAT ELSE: Are you a Landlovers member who is widowed, divorced or single?  Come join us for various social outings where you can come alone and feel comfortable and welcome. We always have fun, good food and meet great friends. Contact Barbara to be added to the membership list.

 

KITTEN KABOODLE

 

WHAT: Food Drive to Support Kitten Season 

CONTACT: Rosemary Longueira, 598.2875

WHAT ELSE:  The Humane Society of Greater Savannah is in desperate need of Purina Kitten Chow. Every bag makes a big difference in feeding kittens until they are adopted. Bring your donation directly to the Humane Society on Sallie Mood Drive during normal business hours (seven days a week), or call Rosemary Longueira and she will be happy to pick it up and deliver it for you. Visit www.humanesocietysav.org to learn about all the wonderful things the Humane Society does in Savannah, and check out all the loving pets waiting for their forever homes. 

 

FARM FRESH

 

WHAT: Bethesda Academy Organic Farm and Gardens Farm Stand  

WHEN: New farm stand hours, every Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Bethesda Academy, 9520 Ferguson Ave.

CONTACT: Merrin Slocombe, 720.273.3070, merrin.slocombe@bethesdaacademy.org

WHAT ELSE: Each week, this popular organic farm stand managed by Bethesda students and staff, sells fresh produce, seasonal vegetables, herbs, free range eggs, a variety of plants, goat milk soap, firewood and more.  In addition, 100 percent grass-fed ground beef raised and distributed by Bethesda Academy’s cattle and beef operation is available. Specialty cuts are also available. Students are actively involved in planting, cultivating and harvesting all items on-site at Bethesda Academy using sustainable, organic farming techniques.

 

BAT BUDDIES

 

WHAT: Landings Legends Slow Pitch Softball

WHEN: Occasional games with Hilton Head; Twice weekly evening games throughout the spring/summer in the Savannah Rec League

WHERE: The Landings Association ball field

HOW MUCH: Free to play in the island rivalry, $60 per season for the summer rec league

CONTACT: Tony Berens, exfed750@gmail.com or Ken Schuster, Kenneth.Schuster@gavilon.com

WHAT ELSE: The Legends are looking to recruit new players interested in joining the team. We have occasional practices/games at the association field, and the only equipment requirement is your own glove. Come join us and have some fun. Who’s welcome? Anyone. Male or female. If you’ve played before and can run, throw and hit, come join us.

 

GOTTA LOVE IT

 

WHAT: Landlovers Membership

WHEN: Enrollments for 2017-2018, which runs from Sep. 1-Aug 31 currently being accepted

HOW MUCH: $20 per family

WHERE: Online at www.landingslandlovers.com, select the Join/Renew option

CONTACT: Lynn Stephens at landloversmembership@gmail.com or 228.5383

WHAT ELSE: The Hold Harmless waiver must accompany all checks

 

WE HAVE A WIENER

 

WHAT: Landings Longdogs Get-togethers

WHEN: Every two to three weeks, as posted

WHERE: Landings Harbor Marina

CONTACT: Penny Farley, pennyfarley@rocketmail.com

WHAT ELSE: We are a lively group of dachshund owners who love to get together for dog fun...and a glass of wine!

 

FOOT PATROL

 

WHAT: New Neighbors Walking Group

WHERE: Different location each month

WHEN: 7:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday

CONTACT: Kate Kastner, 912.999.6564, katekastner@icloud.com

WHAT ELSE: Enjoy a brisk 45-minute walk, taking in the beauty of our island and catching up on the latest Landings news.

 

SOW WHAT?

 

WHAT: Garden plots available for rent at Skidaway Farm

WHEN:  Year-round

HOW MUCH: $100 per plot; raised beds - $150

WHERE: Skidaway Farms, McWhorter Rd.

CONTACT: Jane Kollmann, gardenher52@aol.com

WHAT ELSE: Join this wonderful community of Landings neighbors who garden year-round at Skidaway Farms. The plots are fully-fenced and electrified with a watering system to keep wildlife at bay and keep your new plants hydrated when needed. Visit www.skidawayfarm.net.

 

IN THE CARDS

 

WHAT: Landlovers Bunco

WHEN: Third Wednesday of each month

WHERE: Plantation dining room

HOW MUCH: Five $1 bills

CONTACT: Donna Howard, dhoward3532@yahoo.com

WHAT ELSE: Dinner (optional) is at 5:30 p.m., followed by Bunco at 6:30. Must be a member of Landlovers.

 

NEW IN TOWN

 

WHAT: Savannah Newcomers Club membership

WHEN: Women who have moved to Savannah in the past 24 months can join anytime during the year

CONTACT: www.savannahnewcomers.com/contactus

HOW MUCH:  Annual membership is $24

WHAT ELSE: This club provides an opportunity to meet others, attend monthly events and discover exciting things to do in the Savannah area. Learn more at savannahnewcomers.com.

 

LISTEN UP

 

WHAT: Free hearing screenings

WHEN: Weekly on Thursdays, 9 to 11 a.m.

WHERE: Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E. 66th St.

HOW MUCH: Free, no appointment necessary

CONTACT: 355.4601 or speechandhearing.org

WHAT ELSE: Ages 3 to adults of all ages are screened on a first-come, first-serve basis by a trained audiology assistant. If necessary, a full audiological evaluation will be recommended.

 

TEACHING TECH

 

WHAT: Personal Computer and iPad Coaching

WHEN: 30-minute sessions by appointment

WHERE: The Learning Center of SCI, 3025 Bull St.

HOW MUCH: $15, members only; please reserve and pay in advance

CONTACT: Debbie Hornsby, dhornsby@seniorcitizens-inc.org or 912.236.0363 x146 or register online at seniorcitizensinc.org.

 

CARE FOR CROQUET

 

WHAT: Croquet Lawns at the Landings

CONTACT: Please email John West (jkwest3@comcast.net) to add your support for including croquet to the activities available at The Landings. The list will be forwarded to the appropriate officials to show them the potential players

WHAT ELSE: In order to build croquet lawns at the Landings, the officials need to know that a significant number of members would play croquet if available. Golf croquet is a fun, social game that is easily learned and is rapidly expanding in similar developments in the Southeast..  Golfers rapidly adapt to the game and for many, croquet would become a favorite sport. The Landings could be the first club to offer croquet in the Savannah area, with the potential to equal the enthusiasm seen on the Bocci courts.

 

CERVUS WITH PURPOSE

 

WHAT: Bingo at the Elks Lodge

WHEN: Sundays at 7 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: 183 Wilshire Blvd

WHAT ELSE: $1,500 in prizes plus Queen of Hearts Raffle. All proceeds benefit Elks charities.

 

MEETING OF THE MINDS

 

WHAT: Stroke Survivors

WHEN: Third Thursday of every month, 4 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Messiah Lutheran Church, 1 West Ridge Rd.

HOW MUCH: Free

CONTACT: Shirley Nack, 598.7047

WHAT ELSE: Share your experiences with stroke survivors. At our meetings we listen and learn what other survivors have accomplished in order to return to an active lifestyle.

 

IT’S AN HONOR

 

WHAT:  Honor Flight Savannah seeks war veterans and volunteers

CONTACT: honorflightsavannah.org or 367.9020

WHAT ELSE: Honor Flight Savannah is offering WW II, Korea and Vietnam 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. Funding for trips is dependent on contributions from community citizens and businesses.