Holiday Tree Festival: Get out of the house and get in the holiday spirit by visiting the 36th Annual Holiday Tree Festival, which is open from 2 to 6 p.m., and continues through Sunday at the John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St., Akron. Hundreds of trees, wreaths and other holiday decorations are on view and for sale to benefit Akron Children's Hospital. 330-543-8424 or www.akronchildrens.org/treefestival.

 

Get cooking help: Are you befuddled by your Butterball? Here are a few sources for holiday cooking help:

• The U.S. Department of Agriculture Meat and Poultry Hotline (888-674-6854. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Virtual help is available at AskKaren.gov.

• Butterball Turkey Talk Line: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., 800-288-8372 or www.butterball.com

• Ocean Spray: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 800-662-3263 or www.oceanspray.com.

• National Turkey Federation: www.eatturkey.com.

• Honeysuckle White Turkey Line: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., 800-810-6325 or www.honeysucklewhite.com.

And don't forget to give thanks for all that you have.

 

Charity events: Up early to get the turkey in the oven? You have a couple of opportunities to do good before sitting down to dinner:

• The Home Run for the Homeless begins at 9 a.m. at Gennesaret's Family Nutritional Center, 419 W. Exchange St., Akron. Race-day registration is $25 beginning at 7:15 a.m. www.gennesaret.net.

• Cheer on the participants in the annual Meadows Turkey Bowl beginning at 8 a.m. at Bill Dunn Field at Reagan Park, Medina. The football game benefits St. Vincent de Paul Society and has raised more than $1.5 million over the past 27 years. Or you can stay in your warm house and make a donation at www.meadowsturkeybowl.com.

 

Holiday viewing: Looking for something other than football on TV? The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs at 9 a.m. on CBS and NBC (repeating at 2 p.m. on NBC), and TBS offers two showings of “The Wizard of Oz,” at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m.