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by YES! Weekly staff

be there! every day, something cool

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Family Astronomy Night in Price Park Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library; 1420 Price Park Drive, Greensboro; 336.373.2933; 7:30 p.m.; FREE Stan Rosenbug of the Greensboro Astronomy Club might be the only person who can get you outside at night in November. If you let him, you and your children will discover the magic of the winter stars. Those stars include the very bright Sirius and the twinkling Pleiades cluster. In case of rain or cloud cover, meet at the library for “indoor planetary fun.”

Thursday, Nov. 27

Happy Thanksgiving Party w/ Pure Fiyah Club Oasis; 2105 Peters Creek Pkwy, Winston- Salem; 336.724.0546;; 8 p.m.; $5 Time to sweat out that turkey on the dancefloor. Pure Fiyah is the reggae creation of Greensboro native Ras David Graves. It’s not clear that this party will have anything to do with Thanksgiving, except for the date and the name, but who’s complaining? There will also be Caribbean food. And come to think of it, Columbus did stop near Jamaica.

Friday, Nov. 28

The Blue Turkey Ball The Regency Ballroom; 203 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.554.4823;; 7 p.m.; $15 in advance or $20 at door Even if you aren’t motivated by the protection and propagation of Carolina blues, come to the Blue Turkey Ball for great music and a good time. Your $20 will support the non-profit Piedmont Blues Preservation Society. It will also help send PBPS Blues Challenge winners Bump & Logie and the Landon Spradlin Band to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. The PBPS’s Thanksgiving blues fest is sponsored by YES! Weekly.

Saturday, Nov. 29

Christmas Candlelight Tour of 18th-century Salem Old Salem, Winkler Bakery; 600 S. Main St., Winston- Salem; 336.721.7300;; 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; $18 and $12 for children Dress warm for a candlelight tour of the Old Salem Historic District, including all sorts of food, music and reenactments. There’s another candlelight tour next week of 19 th -century Salem. That will include one-hundred years’ advancement in food, music and reenactments. Families and couples will enjoy either century.

Sunday, Nov. 30

Antique Extravaganza LJVM Coliseum Annex & Education Building; 300 Deacon Blvd, Winston-Salem; 336.924.8337;; 11 a.m.; $5 at door Collectors statewide swarm Winston-Salem for this “grandaddy” of antique shows. The rest of us should go too, for a chance to buy fine crockware, quaint Americana and really retro clothing. It’s also a good spot to buy Christmas presents. Some items will be cheap; others will be inexplicably expensive. The Extravaganza is also open on Nov. 28 and Nov. 30.

Monday, Dec. 1

Rosa Parks Day Greensboro Transit Authority buses; Greensboro; all-day; bus fare Although it hasn’t been announced yet, the Greensboro Transit Authority is expected to honor the anniversary of Rosa Parks’ civil defiance, as they have since the 50 th anniversary three years ago. In 2005 bus operators honored her by wearing black armbands. In 2006 the GTA offered commemorative bus passes and buttons. Last year the GTA marked the first seat of every bus with a gold ribbon. Who knows what they will do this year?

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Lighting of the Quad Wake Forest University; 1834 Wake Forest Road, Winston- Salem; 336.758.4549;; 7 p.m.; FREE Due to Winter break, Christmas happens early at college. Wake Forest University holds its 6 th annual interfaith holiday celebration today. The event includes musical performances by student groups, reflections by selected students, and the lighting of a 20-foot Christmas tree. Everyone is invited for hot cocoa, cider and sweets.

Wednesday, Dec. 3

Deck The Halls Chatham Building; 305 W. 4th St., Winston-Salem; 336.723.7395;; $20 in advance or $25 at door The Sawtooth School is going all out for the openingnight gala of their five-day Christmas sale. For the price of admission, you can enjoy food from Nobles and 1703, beer and wine, blues by Big Ron Hunter and, of course, shopping for handcrafted goods. You may also hobnob with the connoisseurs and craftsmen of the Triad. The artisan market includes pottery, jewelry, paintings, soaps and more, and will be open through Dec.