The Laney-Walker Neighborhood Association will meet at 7 p.m. at Lucy C. Laney Museum, 1116 Phillips St.
All writers are welcome to attend the Georgia Writers Inc. meeting, led by Elizabeth Estes at 6:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway. Writers get together to share ideas and critique one another's works.
The Augusta State University Lyceum Series will continue with Shroud of Turin at 7:30 p.m. at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theater. The program is free.
Beth Cornelison will sign Chasing a Dream, an e-book, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Books-A-Million, 2834 Washington Road. For more information, call Tara at 481-9090 or 726-0186.
The Festival of Lights Ceremony begins at 5 p.m. on Riverwalk Augusta and Eighth Street. Mayor Bob Young will flip the city's Christmas tree and holiday decorations master switch at 6:15 p.m. Music will be provided by the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band. Visit with Santa and hear the children's story hour in the Cotton Exchange Welcome Center.
Mary and Alan Whanger, authors of The Shroud of Turin: An Adventure of Discovery, which explores the mysteries of the Shroud of Turin, will hold a book signing at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway.
A wind ensemble concert will be held at 8 p.m. at Augusta State University Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theater.
Speech and hearing screenings will be held by the Resource Center on Aging from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Daniel Village shopping center.
A Thanksgiving dinner, with clothes and food for the needy, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lucy C. Laney High School cafeteria. The meal is sponsored by United Community Society and Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. Donations of clothing, shoes, blankets, coats (for all ages), turkeys, ham, sugar, salt and pepper are sought. Checks can be made out to the United Community Society or Ollie Johnson. Contact Ollie Brown Johnson at 793-7912 or Linda W. Smith at 827-0205.
The first museum in the country devoted to the art and artists of the South will hold a holiday gallery tour at 2 p.m. at the Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St. For more information, call 724-7501.
The Coburns will perform with Crusaders and others at 6 p.m. at Augusta First Church of the Nazarene.
Three local storytellers - Jean Embrey, Carole Eubig and Lynn Jaffee - will tell stories about family celebrations and holiday customs from different cultures at 2 p.m. at the Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St. The program is free, but space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 724-7501.