Louisville Turkey Trot
Join a free 5K fun run to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday while giving back to the community. Participants receive a free entry with the donation of non-perishable food or gently used winter clothing. Strollers are welcome, as well as pets on a leash. The flat, family-friendly course winds through Louisville and starts and finishes in downtown. Donations will be given to the Sister Carmen Community Center, a comprehensive assistance program for local families in need. Registration is required at no cost at louisvilleturkeytrot.com. Walk-up registration will be available race morning; 9 a.m., Downtown Louisville, 916 Main St., Louisville; free; 602-312-4499, 720-366-1544, louisvilleturkeytrot.com.
Thanksgiving Service & Community Potluck — Thanksgiving is a day to spend with family and friends and to reflect on all the love and abundance in our lives. This Thanksgiving Day Service is filled with music by the Unity's Adult and Youth Choirs. It's a way to connect with the divine and give thanks for all the beauty in our lives; 10 a.m., Thursday, Unity of Boulder Spiritual Center, 2855 Folsom St., Boulder; free; 303-442-1411, unityofboulder.com/event/thanksgiving-day-service-potluck.
The Pilgrimage Run — A new and refreshing alternative for your typical Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot is here. The mission, to make a direct and positive impact on the community. Proceeds from each year are given to a nominated family or person in the community who is facing a hardship. The Real Thanksgiving Run with purpose; 8 a.m., Erie Community Library, 400 Powers St., Erie; eriechamber.org/events/details/the-pilgrimage-run-861.
Open Mic Night — Songwriter Brian Rezac hosts an open mic. Grab your guitar, banjo, mando, harp, or anything else you use to make music. Sign ups start at approximately 6:45 p.m. and are on a first come, first served format. All ages. If you're not a performer, come and discover possible stars in the making, support your friends and our local music community; 7 p.m., Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont; free; dickensoperahouse.com.
'You Can't Take It With You' — A staged radio play of the endearing, award winning Kaufman and Hart comedy. Enjoy the fireworks when Alice, daughter of the wacky Sycamore clan, falls in love with Tony, son of the Kirby tycoon. Presented by Viva Theater/Society for Creative Aging and the Lux Radio Theater; 7 p.m. Friday (also 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday); Grace Gamm Theater, Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder; $15, $18; thedairy.org.303-444-7328.
The Nutcracker Ballet — This Thanksgiving weekend, the curtain rises for America's favorite ballet, brought to life by Boulder Ballet and the Boulder Phil. Make your plans now for this thrilling and heart-warming spectacle, all performed to Tchaikovsky's masterful score. A holiday tradition with exciting choreography and a full, live orchestra; 2 p.m., Friday, Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St., Boulder; $15-$82; 303-449-1343, boulderphil.org/nutcracker.
Jingle Bell Bash at Twenty Ninth Street — Join Santa for an event that features face painting, hot coco and more; 3 p.m., Friday, Twenty Ninth St., 1710 29th St., Boulder; free; twentyninthstreet.com/Events/JingleBellBash_2017.
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony — This event kicks off the holiday season in Downtown Longmont. This year we're featuring holiday-themed hip-hop dance battles, and a cultural unity celebration to help light up the holiday season. Hot cocoa, goody bags, and carolers provide the seasonal trimmings for this festive event; 6:30 p.m. Friday, 6th Avenue Plaza, 6th Avenue and Main St., Longmont; free; 303-651-8484, downtownlongmont.com/calendar/holiday-events.
Author Paul Cohen — Nominated for the Pushcart Press Editor's Book Award, "The Glamshack" is a lyrical, darkly humorous novel on the nature of love, divinity, the Plains Indian Wars, and the male gaze. Come meet author Paul Cohen and get a great holiday gift for the readers in your life. Fans of Cormac McCarthy and Martin Amis will love this bold novel; 2 p.m., Saturday, Barnes & Noble Boulder, 2999 Pearl St., Boulder; free.
Jazz at The Dairy Presents: A Very Soulful Christmas — Colorado favorite Hazel Miller, the most sought after performer in Colorado for the past 30 years, will kick off the holiday season with arrangements of seasonal favorite tunes infused with jazz, swing, gospel, latin and pop flavors; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder; $10-$20; 720-773-9790, thedairy.org.
Taylor Shae — Taylor Shae is a 17-year-old singer-songwriter, born and raised in Colorado. She writes and performs soulful americana/roots-rock music that leaves listeners energized with crackerjack lyrics and soul-crying vocals. Taylor Shae released her debut album, "Something To Prove," in November 2016; 8 p.m., Saturday, The Laughing Goat, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder; free; 720-204-8767, thelaughinggoat.com.