Some pre-Thanksgiving entertainment

Before heading to your respective locations for the Thanksgiving holiday festivities, check out some free and local events to help the week before go by faster. For all you ladies out there who like to rock out, head on down to Amazing Grace Café at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, for the Chick Jam. Bring your own instrument and show your girl power. Also, in continuation of representing Native American Heritage Month, join the Robin Wall Kimmerer talk at the Duluth Library at 7:00 p.m. She will be discussing how the combination of tools of science and Native knowledge are relevant in explaining our world.

Wednesday, Nov. 20, brings about some options for evening entertainment. Dubh Linns will be hosting their weekly Battle of the Sexes Trivia, starting at 9:00 p.m. Afterwards, head on over to the Brewhouse and watch Charlie Parr perform live at 10:00 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 21, is the day to let your literary talents shine. Beaner's Central will be hosting a Poetry Open Mic. Night, starting at 7:00 p.m. Also, don’t miss the chance to jump the gun on this year’s Christmas tunes. The Greysolon Plaza will be having a "Christmas by the Lake" CD release party at 5:00 p.m.

Speaking of Christmas, the spirit is really firing up this weekend, as of Friday, Nov. 22. Check out the Nordic Center's Gingerbread City from 5:30- 8:30 p.m., strictly for looks; not eats. Bundle up for the Christmas City of the North Parade from 6:20- 8:00 p.m. downtown Duluth. If your not ready to indulge into Christmas quite yet, Big Wave Dave and the Ripples are playing at Players Sports Bar at 9:00 p.m.

The annual Bentleyville is officially opening on Saturday, Nov. 23. You also don't want to miss the opportunity to stock up on good food for the winter. The Duluth Farmers Market Festival of the Season will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The cold winter weather makes for a great excuse to stay inside and cuddle up with a book. On Sunday, Nov. 24, the Animal Allies Book Fair, starting at 10:00 a.m. at Barnes and Nobel in the Miller Hill Mall will be a great place to get some good winter reads. Check out the excitement of the Packer/ Viking game: kick-off at noon.

This is the last column I will be writing up prior to Thanksgiving. If you are still around and eager for more Duluth events, check out these other local event calendars: Twin Ports Nightlife CalendarPerfect Duluth Day CalendarVisit Duluth CalendarSpirit Mountain's Calendar (opening early this year)


Recipe of the week: traditional homemade eggnog

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