Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show
Jan. 14-18
McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
312-946-6247; www.chicagoboatshow.com

New York Boat Show
Jan. 21-25
Javits Center, New York, NY
646- 370-3660; www.nyboatshow.com

Fredericksburg Boat Show
Jan. 23-25
Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center, Fredericksburg, VA
540-548-5555; www.fredericksburgboatshow.com

Baltimore Boat Show
Jan. 29-Feb.1
Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD
212-984-7000; www.baltimoreboatshow.com

Atlantic City International Power Boat Show
Feb. 4-8
Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ
215-732-8001; www.acboatshow.com

Miami International Boat Show
Feb. 12-16
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, FL
954-441-3236; www.miamiboatshow.com

O.C. Seaside Boat Show
Feb. 13-15
Convention Center, Ocean City, MD
410-632-3676; www.ocboatshow.com

Richmond Boat Show
Feb. 20-22
Richmond Raceway Complex, Richmond, VA
804-425-6556; www.gsevents.com

Greater Philadelphia Boat Show
Mar. 13-15
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Philadelphia, PA
804-748-7469; www.phillyboatshow.com

National Capital Boat Show
Mar. 13-15
Dulles Expo and Convention Center, Chantilly, VA
804-425-6556; www.agievents.com

Windjammer Lecture: Gary Jobson
Gary Jobson, Mr. Sailing himself, will speak about all that's fit to print on the sailing scene today-from the Volvo Ocean Race to the America's Cup to collegiate sailing. Severn School, Severna Park, Md. 8 p.m. www.windjammers-chesapeake.org.

Fishing and Boating Flea Market
The Dorchester County chapter of MSSA will host the biggest marine flea market on the Eastern Shore as vendors get together to show off new and used boating and fishing gear, homemade lures and more. American Legion Post #91 (at the foot of the Route 50 bridge) Cambridge, Md. 8 a.m. 410-228-0251; www.mssadorchester.com.

Electronic Navigation for Non-technical People
See how the courteous folks at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum didn't call you dummies! This class, taught by a retired electrical engineering executive and USCG captain, will focus on the basics of navigation using GPS, chartplotters, radar, depth sounders and AIS systems, and cater to those who aren't so tech savvy. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md. 410-745-2916; www.cbmm.org.

Winter Luncheon Series
Author John Reisinger kicks off this year's Captain Avery House luncheon series by discussing his book Death at the Lighthouse. The program follows with the Chief Navigator of Air Force One and author Colin Rees and his book Birds of the Chesapeake. Reservations recommended. Captain Avery House, Shady Side, Md. 11:30 a.m. 410-266-8846; www.captainaverymuseum.org.

Winter Seminar Series
This year's Thursday night winter seminar series at the Annapolis Maritime Museum features topics including building the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, mega ships coming to the Port of Baltimore, and John Paul Jones. Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis. Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m. 410-295-0104; www.amaritime.org.

Watermen's Expo
Watermen's Expo This watermen's jamboree features the Waterman of the Year competition, exhibitors of fishing gear and boats, seminars on commercial fishing and aquaculture, duck- and goose-calling competitions and lots more. Convention Center, Ocean City, Md. See website for event listings and details. 410-216-6610; www.marylandwatermen.com.

Fawcett Seminars
Fawcett Seminars The boating pros at Fawcett Boat Supplies in Annapolis have put together a solid set of winter seminars, featuring everything from designing the Volvo Ocean 65s to Bay photography to marine engine seminars. Fawcett Boat Supplies, Annapolis. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 p.m. 410-267-8681; www.fawcettboat.com.

Polar Bear Plunge
Storm into (and then right back out of) the icy cold waters at Sandy Point State Park along with thousands of other fundraising fanatics to raise money for the Maryland Special Olympics. In addition to several rounds of plunging, there will be plenty of food, fun and entertainment. Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 410-789-6677; www.plungemd.com.

Marine Diesel Basics
Learn the basics of diesel maintenance and troubleshooting during this hands-on, introductory course. The Level II Diesel Engine course will take place Jan. 26-27. Annapolis School of Seamanship, Annapolis. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 410-263-8848; www.annapolisschoolofseamanship.com.

Suddenly in Command
This boating safety class is designed for boaters not usually at the helm, to build confidence in first mates who need to know how to handle the boat if a situation arises. Reservations suggested. Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, Havre de Grace, Md. 9 a.m.-noon. 443-504-3880; www.hdgmaritimemuseum.com.

Jan. 29-Feb.1
Baltimore Boat Show
The Baltimore Boat Show is winter entertainment at its best-four days of a dizzying array of boats and boat stuff, the Progressive Boat School [see page XX] and informational seminars-covering modern-day navigation tools to the best "dock and dine" spots on the Bay-by your friends at Chesapeake Bay Magazine and the Annapolis School of Seamanship. www.baltimoreboatshow.com.

First Aid/CPR Course
Get your CPR/AED certification during this Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Association course (open to members and non-members). Annapolis Elks Lodge, Edgewater, Md. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 410-267-7651; www.capca.net.