The Weekly Plan-It: Nov. 22-Nov. 29

Highlights of the week ahead

Thursday, Nov. 22

Thanksgiving

All day.

Let us put aside the secession plans for a bit, and join together as families and as a nation and give thanks. What do you say—not too much to ask?

Friday, Nov. 23

Christmas in the City Kick-Off

6 p.m., Krutch Park Extension.

First, at 5:30 p.m., Mayor Rogero and other local officials will celebrate the naming of Gay Street as one of 10 "Great Streets" in America by the American Planning Association. Then the mayor will switch on the Regal Celebration of Lights at 6, officially starting the holiday season in downtown Knoxville. Free train rides up and down Gay Street on the Fezziwig Express!

Saturday, Nov. 24

Taboo Dance Night

9 p.m., The Valarium. $5.

The Valarium shuts its doors for good tonight—so say good-bye with something called the "Orgasmasaurus" in addition to music by Jason Paul and DJ Slink.

Monday, Nov. 26

Extreme Makeover Viewing Party

9 p.m., Tennessee Theatre.

Well, if you're interested in celebrating how a single Knoxville family got a new house in order to make a TV show, then this is the event for you. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. for an airing of WATE-TV's 6 Around Town special on the special.

Thursday, Nov. 29

Walking School Bus Training

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Outdoor Knoxville (900 Volunteer Landing).

Hey, remember when kids walked to school? The Transportation Planning Organization and the Knox County Health Department do, and they're planning Safe Routes to School. This training session may be filled by the time you read this, but to learn more about the program, contact Liliana Burbano-Bonilla at liliana.burbano@knoxcounty.org.