In your shopping bag
Start your holiday shopping Sunday at a couple of favorite arts and crafts shows: Weaver Industries’ annual Holiday Mart in Tallmadge and the Christkindl Markt in Canton. Both feature goods you won’t find at the mall, and they’ll give you an early dose of holiday cheer, too.
Holiday Mart is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Summit County Fairgrounds Arena, 229 E. Howe Road. Admission is $3.
Christkindl Markt’s hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Canton Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Ave. N. Admission is $7, and parking is free. Children 11 or younger are admitted at no charge, but strollers aren’t allowed.
On your plate
Fred’s Diner, 930 Home Ave., Akron, will continue its annual tradition of giving all veterans a free plate of creamed chipped beef over toast Monday in honor of Veterans Day.
Veterans Day, as a legal holiday, is observed a day later this year because today is a Sunday.
Diner owner Fred Spencer has been offering the free meal for more than 15 years to thank veterans. The dish is affectionately referred to as “s--- on a shingle” or SOS by military personnel.
Also Monday, Akron-area Panera restaurants will honor veterans and current military personnel by giving a free You-Pick-Two combination to those who visit in uniform or show a military identification or discharge papers.
O’Charley’s restaurants are offering a free $9.99 entrée to veterans and military personnel when they show their uniforms or military ID.
Panera and O’Charley’s are owned by Covelli Enterprises of Warren.
For your family
It’s time to think about beginning some new traditions this Thanksgiving. Consider starting a photo album by taking a group shot.
Be sure to include the year the picture was taken and the names of everyone.
Place that in the album, or in an online album, along with the day’s menu. For an added touch, have everyone write what they are thankful for this holiday.
On your TV screen
Comedian Eddie Murphy’s career has had its ups and downs. But the ups include inspiring a generation of comedians — Jamie Foxx calls Murphy the reason for Foxx’s career as well as those of Chris Rock, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Cleveland’s own Arsenio Hall.
That, plus his movies and TV success, explain Eddie Murphy: One Night Only, an all-star tribute special airing at 10 p.m. Wednesday on Spike TV.
To get ready, you may want to grab a Saturday Night Live: The Best of Eddie Murphy DVD or discs of Murphy’s best movies, among them 48 HRS., Beverly Hills Cop, Bowfinger and Dreamgirls.
Local singer/songwriter Ryan Humbert pays tribute to the late great Roy Orbison in a concert titled Only the Lonely, featuring the Ryan Humbert Band, at 8 p.m. Friday at the Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St.
Tickets are $25 for general admission, $40 for the date special: two admissions and two drink tickets.
See www.akroncivic.com for details.