UP IN LIGHTS: Get in the Christmas mood with the lighting of the Christmas tree and holiday decorations downtown at the Augusta Common, in the 800 block between Broad and Reynolds streets. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.
THE BIG SCREEN: Several movies get an early release for Thanksgiving, including In the Mix, a musical drama starring R&B's Usher Raymond. He plays an aspiring music producer who works as a bodyguard for the Mafia and then falls for the boss's daughter. Other films are Pride & Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley as a young woman who wants more than to be someone's wife and has a chance to prove it; and Rent, the Broadway musical about a group of New York City apartment dwellers who try to find the music and the purpose in life.
TURKEY TIME: Thanksgiving comes again with more football, family and food. Check out the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade airing 9-11 a.m. on NBC (WAGT-Channel 26) and flip the channel for some NFL action as Fox (WFXG-Channel 54) airs Atlanta at Detroit at 12:30 p.m. and Denver takes on Dallas at 4 p.m. on CBS (WRDW-Channel 12).
HOOP IT UP: The two-day 100 Black Men Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament begins at 1 p.m. at the Academy of Richmond County, 910 Russell St. See your favorite area teams do battle on the hardwood. Admission is $5 in advance, $6 at the door.
BE GUTSY: The annual Chitlin' Strut marches into the Salley Civic Center and Fairgrounds, 258 Pine St. N.W. in Salley, S.C. Enjoy "hawg-calling" and strut contests, food and craft vendors and carnival rides. Call (803)-258-3485 or visit www.chitlinstrut.com.
IN THE SPIRIT: North Augusta flips the switch at 6 p.m. for its Christmas-tree lighting and carols at Calhoun Park, between Georgia and Carolina avenues. Call 441-4300.
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