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Capitol City Theater is hosting a free comedy show on Thanksgiving eve. The stand-up show will feature Portland comedians The Real Hyjinx, Adam Pasi and Wendy Weiss as well as Los Angeles comedian Joe Sinclitico. Email [email protected] to be put on the guest list. Seating is limited. Guests must be 21 years and older and there is a two-drink minimum. Those who sign up for the Olsen Run wine club drink for free. The show starts at 8 p.m. 210 Liberty St. S.E. More info is at the Capitol City website.

Can anyone have too much pie? Bring one to share or just come and enjoy some fellowship at Saint Mark Lutheran Church Wednesday night. Worship at 7:00 followed by pie in the lounge. 790 Marion St. N.E. More info is on Facebook.


All are welcome at a community Thanksgiving dinner hosted by Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Manantial de Aguas Vivas and Capital Baptist Church. Guests will be entertained by Mariachi Mexico en la Piel. Following the dinner at 6:00, guests are invited to attend the bilingual Thanksgiving service at 7:30. 1998 Lansing Ave. N.E. More info is on Facebook.

The Salem Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans is hosting its fifth annual community Thanksgiving potluck dinner. The pagans will provide the potatoes and dinner rolls. Guests should label the ingredients of their dish for people with allergies. The potluck starts at 5 p.m. 5090 Center St. N.E. More info is on Facebook.

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Those wanting to work up a sweat before a big Thanksgiving meal can run or walk a 5k, 10k, or 15k through Salem’s urban parks during Salem Run’ucopia. The race starts at Riverfront Park and goes through the bridge into Minto Brown Island Park. Participants will have a chance to write down what they’re grateful for on a giant chalkboard. The 10k and 15k start at 9:05 a.m. and the 5k starts at 9:10 a.m. Registration costs $25. 200 Water St. N.E.

Gobble through the streets of Keizer on Thanksgiving during the Keizer Turkey Dash. Participants can run or walk a 5k through Keizer Station Village and out and back through the Gubser neighborhood. The first 700 registrants are guaranteed a commemorative finishers mug. The race starts at 8 a.m. next to Lowes Home Improvement at Keizer Station Village. Proceeds will benefits McNary High School’s contemporary music program. Registration costs $26 plus fees for the adult 5k and $17 plus fees for the youth 5k. 6225 Ulali Dr., Keizer

Black Friday

Get your photo taken with Santa this weekend. Complimentary hot cocoa will be served to the crowd while they wait for Santa and friends to arrive at the Salem Carousel on Friday. Photos start around 12:30 p.m. and run until 6 p.m. Photos cost $10 each for a carousel keepsake photo or $5 if you take your own photos. But that’s not your only chance to see Mr. Claus. There will also be photos on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 101 Front St. N.E. More info is on the Salem Carousel website.

Comedian and actor George Lopez is headed to the Elsinore Theatre. Lopez’s career has included television, film, stand-up comedy, and late-night television. George Lopez: Live in Concert starts at 8 p.m. on Friday. Tickets cost $58 to $88 and can be purchased online. 170 High St. S.E. More info is on the Elsinore website.

Head to Pentacle Theater for a fun-filled comedic play to kick off the holiday season. It’s four days before Christmas in a tiny Texas town. Trina, an upbeat innkeeper at the Snowflake Inn, has more than she can handle with guests that include Mrs. Claus, one of Santa’s elves, a troupe of pompous B-level actors, a feuding family and a wacky wedding party. Dashing Through the Snow is suitable for teenage and older audiences. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to $29 can be purchased online or at the Pentacle ticket office on 145 Liberty St. N.E. and are available at the theater box office 45 minutes before each performance. 324 52nd Ave. N.W. More info is on the Pentacle website.

It’s Christmas time at the Oregon Garden in Silverton. Stroll through the forest to look at one million lights or lace up you ice skates and take a spin around the rink during Christmas in the Garden. There are also market vendors to find holiday gifts and dining options onsite. Admission costs between $5 to $18. More info is at the Oregon Garden website.


What’s that? It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s Santa! Santa is arriving by helicopter at the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes stadium Saturday at noon. After his arrival Santa will make his way to his official chair inside the stadium to meet and greet all the good boys and girls until 3 p.m. Free photos and candy canes will be available. 6700 Field of Dreams Way N.E.  More info is on Facebook.

Fans of Monty Python, Mr. Bean and Dr. Seuss will enjoy the holiday comedy O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy. During an action-packed production, a Christmas wish for tea is fulfilled in titanic proportions. The world floods with tea, leaving British comedy duo James and Jamesy to find innovative and hilarious solutions to keep them afloat. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Elsinore Theatre. Tickets cost $29 to $44 and can be purchased online. 170 High St. S.E.

Have a tip? Contact reporter Saphara Harrell at 503-549-6250, [email protected] or @daisysaphara.