BRRC Turkey Trot Fun Run - Sponsored by the Bloomsday Road Runners Club. Race starts at 9 a.m. No registration required, just sign a waiver. Runners and walkers have the options of 2-, 3- or 5-mile routes. No entry fee, but cash and food donations strongly encouraged to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. No pets on course with runners. There will be prizes, coffee and cider. Manito Park, next to the duck pond. (509) 868-6433.
Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner - Annual event presented by Gonzaga University, Sodexo Food Services and St. Aloysius Parish. Noon-2 p.m. Gonzaga University, Cataldo Hall, 330 E. Boone Ave. Free. (509) 313-7001.
Toy Drive - Coulter Family Dentistry is holding a toy drive to benefit Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. Drop off new, unopened toys at their office through Dec. 16. Coulter Family Dentistry, 12121 E. Broadway Ave., Building 2, Spokane Valley. (509) 924-1314.
Santa Express - Through Dec. 23. Children ages 4-12 can find gifts ranging from 50 cents to $8 for everyone on their shopping list. Volunteer elves are on hand to help the children select and wrap their gifts, with the net proceeds going to benefit the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. Adults can shop while they wait at Vanessa’s Village, a boutique of reasonably-priced, specialty items. Hours are Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Crescent Building, Skywalk level, 707 W. Main Ave. (509) 535-3155.
Riverfront Park Ice Palace - The outdoor covered skating rink is open for the season until March 2. Open Tuesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesdays-Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 7-10 p.m., closed Mondays. Extended hours, around holidays, closed on holidays. Special events: Lunch Bunch skating held Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for $4.50, includes skate rental; After School Special for ages 17 and younger held Tuesdays-Fridays, 2-5 p.m., for $4.50, includes skate rental; College Night (ID required) on Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. for $1, skate rental extra; AAA Discount Night (coupon required for free admission) on Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., skate rental extra; Thursday Nights, 7-8:30 p.m., $2, skate rental extra. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. $4.50/ages 13 and older, $3.50/ages 3-12, seniors and military with ID, $3.50/skate rental. (509) 625-6601.
“The Christmas Toy Shop” - Through Dec. 15. Presented by Spokane Children’s Theatre. Come and see a Christmas play for the whole family. In a quiet town, a mysterious man and his funny looking assistant arrive in search of an empty store. With luck they find what they need and set to work. Suddenly the store is transformed into a toy shop, immediately capturing the attention of the town folk. It becomes obvious that this is no ordinary toy shop, and a secret is revealed. Shows are Fridays-Sundays. Shows at 7 p.m. are Dec. 6 and 13. Shows at 1 p.m. are Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8 and 14-15. Shows at 4 p.m. are Friday, Dec. 7 and 14. The Dec. 14 show will be signed for the deaf. Spokane Children’s Theatre, 2727 N. Madelia St. $10-$12. (509) 328-4886.
“The Christmas Schooner” - Through Dec. 22. This new holiday musical follows the Christmas tree’s perilous journey into America’s homes and traditions. Directed by Scott Doughy. Performances are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. $11-$30. (509) 869-9490.
Spokane Chiefs Hockey - Puck drops at 7:05 p.m. Chiefs vs. Portland. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. $10-$22. (509) 535-7825.
Out of this World Story Time - We have some astro-tastic stories all about space this week. Come and hear “The King of Space” by Jonny Duddle and other great stories sure to send you up, up and away. 11 a.m. Auntie’s Bookstore, children’s section, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Spokane Humane Society “Home For The Holidays” Open House - Stop in for a tour of the shelter and the new Spay/Neuter Clinic, meet the staff and volunteers and enjoy refreshments. Play with the cats and visit with the dogs. 11 a.m. Spokane Humane Society, 6607 N. Havana St. Free. (509) 467-5235, ext. 211.
Christmas Tree Elegance 2013 - The 31st annual fundraiser to benefit Spokane Symphony. View and purchase raffle tickets for 12 trees at the Davenport Hotel on the Mezzanine from Tuesday- Dec. 15 and another six trees at River Park Square (808 W. Main Ave.) on the second floor corridor. Tickets sales are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. at both locations. Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., opening ceremony in the Davenport Hotel lobby. Dec. 5, 11:30 a.m., Christmas Tree Elegance Fashion Show and Luncheon, with runway emceed by KHQ’s Kjerstin Ramsing, in the Grand Pennington Ballroom, reservations required, $50/person. Dec. 5, 3:30 p.m., Afternoon Tea/Fashion Show in the Grand Pennington Ballroom, reservations required, $35/person. Dec. 6, 11:30 a.m., Holiday luncheon, sponsored by the Davenport Hotel, Grand Pennington Ballroom, reservations required. Call (509) 789-6819; $25/person. Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m., “An Evening with Eckart and Friends,” one-hour concert with Spokane Symphony Orchestra music director and Symphony conductor Eckart Preu as he plays the piano, accompanied by a quartet of SSO musicians, in the Isabella Ballroom, $15/person. Dec. 14, 9:30 p.m., drawing for hotel trees in lobby; winners notified that evening. Dec. 15, 4 p.m., winning ticket drawings for mall trees at River Park Square, winners notified that afternoon. The Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. Raffle tickets are $1 each. For reservations and information, call (509) 458-TREE (8733).
Pajama Party with Santa - Bring your child’s favorite stuffed animal, blanket or book and capture a magical and memorable moment. Bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. Make a $3 donation to Toys for Tots and receive a customized email letter from Santa on Christmas Eve. Held on Tuesdays, through Dec. 17 starting at 6 p.m. Spokane Valley Mall, 14740 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley.
Toddler & Me: Lil Buzzy Bees - We are all buzzing about the bee exhibit. Join us in this special class to learn more. For ages 2-4. Offered at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Mobius Kids Children’s Museum, 808 W. Main Ave. $10/members, $12/non-members. (509) 624-5437.
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies Story Time and Party - What happens when you give a mouse a cookie? Or take him to the movies? Well, come find out during this splendid story time. Stay for some popcorn and coloring as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Numeroff. 10:30 a.m. Auntie’s Bookstore, children’s section, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Kids Explore & Discover Club - Cheney Library - Marshmallow Engineering. 4 p.m. Cheney Library, 610 First St., Cheney. Free. (509) 893-8280.