With Thanksgiving this week, there are numerous events happening all over town. Aside from entertainment covered in features you can read about in Tempo magazine (inside The Taos News on sale Wednesday), here's a sampling of what else is going on ...

Dance off the turkey

To keep from nodding off after the annual turkey feast, head over to Taos Pueblo for the annual Thanksgiving Powwow Thursday (Nov. 22), 7 p.m., at the Pueblo’s Community Center, 200 Rotten Tree Road. Admission $2, $1 children. Everyone is invited. At the powwow there will be American Indian intertribal dancing, singing and drumming, plus fundraising activities and concessions. This is a family-friendly event.

NonviolenceWorks benefit

Popular Taos band, El Grupo Mezcal, will be playing Spanish popular and traditional music at the third annual benefit dinner-dance party for NonviolenceWorks, Friday (Nov. 23), 6 p.m. until midnight at the Sagebrush Inn Convention Center, 1508 Paseo del Pueblo Sur. Tickets are $35 dinner and dance, $20 dance only. Call (575) 758-4297.

Heroines hypnotize

Xanthe and Harriett’s Gypsy Americana style reveals “their love for music,” according to a press release for the duo’s show, The Hopeful Heroines, planned Friday (Nov. 23), 7 p.m., at the Taos Ale House, 401 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. “Get lost in the simple joys of their incredible and vivacious talent.” Anthony Graham of Gazette Soundboard writes, “Xanthe’s solo vocal is a formidable thing; going from a plaintive whisper to a roar in the blink of an eye. But my heart belongs to their harmonies. They are a wonder to behold, as they spin and swirl about ... simply a hypnotic experience. Top that off with Harriet L’s oh so sweet classical-styled violin and you got a show that will make your night.” Cover is $5. Call (575) 758-5522.

Twirl throws holiday party

“Think bright, think beautiful, think colorful at Twirl this holiday season,” a press release says. Twirl Toy Store & Play Space is having its annual holiday party Friday (Nov. 23) from 1-4 p.m. and “it promises to be their most colorful one ever with a dazzling array of garlands, stars, trees, lights and surprises galore.” The theme for the holidays this year is “Carnivale!” at Twirl. “Inspired by the bright colors of carnival celebrations worldwide, the courtyard will be decorated in a kaleidoscope of colors set to banish even the bluest of winter blues. A rainbow of garlands, balls, stars and snowflakes will hang from every corner of the courtyard, illuminated by iridescent LED lights. This year, the centerpiece will be a circus tent with spinning shadow shapes along with a beautiful giant wreath surrounded by four Christmas trees, each a different color, with hidden delights in the branches for children to discover in a holiday scavenger hunt. “The holidays are such a colorful time,” says Nikki Ross, marketing director at Twirl. “We wanted to mirror that joyful feeling in our holiday display and also in our calendar of events.” Expect a kaleidoscope of fun with face painting, music by members of the Marching Band, cookies, crafts, goodies and of course a take-home treat from Santa, the release continues. Twirl Toy Store & Place is located at 225 Camino de la Placita. Call (575) 751-1402 or www.twirlhouse.com.

Help ‘Habitat’ on Black Friday

The Taos Inn wants customers to help out Habitat for Humanity of Taos in a novel way. “Take a break from shopping or just go out for fun on Black Friday (Nov. 23).” On that day, if you dine at Doc Martin’s Restaurant or in the Adobe Bar at The Taos Inn “tell your server that you want to support Habitat Taos and (the Inn will) donate 10 percent of your total bill to help build hope and homes in our community,” a press release reads. “Bring your family and friends, eat well and help your community at the same time!” The Taos Inn is located at 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Call (575) 758-7827.

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