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Thanksgiving dinners, Lighting of Macy's Great Tree, Jarboe

NOVEMBER 23 THURSDAY

Hosea Feed the Hungry Foundation holds its 37th annual THANKSGIVING DINNER AT TURNER FIELD today. Volunteers are serving a hot seven-course meal and offering medical care, clean clothing, barbers, beauticians, children's services and legal counseling for a Thanksgiving worth celebrating with people truly in need. Setup: Wednesday, 9 a.m. Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Drive. Food preparation: Wednesday, 6 p.m. DeKalb County Jail, 4425 Memorial Drive, Decatur. Dinner: Free. 10 a.m. 404-755-3353. www.hoseafeedthehungry.com. (Pamela Smithson)

NOVEMBER 23 THURSDAY

The "most wonderful time of the year" starts tonight with the LIGHTING OF MACY'S GREAT TREE at Lenox Square. Beginning in 1948, this annual event has earned its reputation as one of Atlanta's premier Thanksgiving traditions. Watch as experts plug in the 70-foot white pine from Bartow County decorated with 1,200 basketball-sized metallic ornaments. All-star songsters LeAnn Rimes, Third Day, Truth Squad and the famous Macy's Holiday Choir round off the night with performances. Free. 6:30 p.m. 3393 Peachtree Road. 404-233-6767. www.lenoxsquare.com. (Sibongile Lynch)

NOVEMBER 23 THURSDAY

If the turkey burns, the yams fall flat or your mother's giving your stuffing the evil eye, try one of Atlanta's most sophisticated restaurants instead. ATKINS PARK TAVERN, the DINING ROOM AT RITZ-CARLTON BUCKEAD and PARK 75 are all serving up Thanksgiving favorites in surroundings so posh, your in-laws may actually think well of you for a change. Various prices and times. Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, 3434 Peachtree Road. 404-240-7035. www.ritzcarlton.com. Park 75 at the Four Seasons Hotel, 75 14th St. 404-253-3840. Atkins Park Tavern, 794 N. Highland Ave. 404-876-7249. www.atkinspark.com. (Russell Matthews)

NOVEMBER 24 FRIDAY

Drag queens, Judy Garland lovers and lollipop kids, put on your ruby-red slippers for a symphonic walk down the yellow brick road with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Arrive clad as your most beloved character for a showing of the 1939 classic THE WIZARD OF OZ. The ASO performs the film's full score live as the movie plays. Through Nov. 25. $20. 8 p.m. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4955. www.atlantasymphony.org. (PS)

NOVEMBER 25 SATURDAY

Through her work with Swans and as a solo artist, JARBOE has established herself as a unique and compelling figure. She sings and speaks poetry in operatic flourishes on subjects ranging from death and lust to catharsis and utopia, to establish a mood where darkness and light intertwine. An internationally recognized avant-garde musician, Jarboe usually gives one hometown performance a year. Atmospheric Athens band Producto opens. $8. 9:30 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Road. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. (MR)

NOVEMBER 28 TUESDAY

From her exotic, almond-shaped eyes, to her silky white-and-gray coat, little LIZZIE is a true feline beauty. While grateful, this 9-month-old kitty has tired of animal-rescue foster care and wants a windowsill to call her own. Lizzie enjoys snuggling, purring and showering her doting owner with affection. She also has a brother, Lennie, who wouldn't mind a warm place to sleep, either. Visit Lizzie, Lennie and their friends Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat. 1-4 p.m. Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption, 720 14th St. 404-815-6680. www.atlantapetrescue.org. (DM)

Upcoming

DEC. 1 WORLD AIDS DAY is celebrated across the city with displays of the Nobel Prize-nominated AIDS Memorial Quilt. www.aidsquilt.org.

DEC. 1-2 DECATUR HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF HOMES celebrates its 24th year and benefits the Decatur Youth Fund and the Decatur Preservation Alliance. decaturga.com/events.aspx.

DEC. 2 DELBERT MCCLINTON swaggers onstage at the Variety Playhouse. www.variety-playhouse.com.

DEC. 8 X-MAS PARTY TO SAVE THE PLANET at the Tabernacle welcomes Captain Planet and other special guests to raise money for various children's and environmental causes. www.xmasparty.org.

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