Half the city seems to be involved with tonight's Give – and Get – with a Mission event. The beer mavens at Red Leg have teamed up with Give! media sponsors 103.9 KRXP and Run with a Mission to support six Give! organizations: Therapeutic Recreation Community Partners, The Arc, Ormao Dance Company, Mount Carmel Center of Excellence, UpaDowna and Colorado Springs Community Centers. Join up at Red Leg Brewing Company (4630 Forge Road, on.fb.me/1MGNA65) at 6:30 for a 2-mile or 5K walk or run. Stick around for the prizes and the charity, as well as Red Leg's lauded beers. By numbers alone, someone you know will be there. — Griffin Swartzell
What's the best way to kick off a day of gluttony? How about a 5K run? Gather your fellow culinary revelers together for the 18th annual YMCA Turkey Trot (Briargate Family Center, 4025 Family Place, 282-9622) and hit the road to burn a great big calorie deficit for the meal ahead while supporting low-income families' participation in Y programs. You'll earn the pride of knowing you knocked out 3.1 miles and scored some pretty rad race goodies. Plus, enjoy guilt-free pie consumption! Cost is $30 in advance or $35 on the day of the race, and kiddos under 12 can run a 1K for free. Race day registration goes from 6:30 to 8:45 and the run will begin promptly at 9. Go to bit.ly/1X5Hl0l for more information. Happy Thanksgiving! — Bridgett Harris
Today kicks off a weekend of performances of The Nutcracker, performed by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic with the Oklahoma City Ballet. The Philharmonic and its talented members need little introduction — they're amazing, we all know it. OKC's ballet troupe is an eclectic bunch, with principals and soloists from Cuba, Venezuela, Japan, Korea and Ukraine, as well as the U.S. Bring the two together, and, well, you can imagine what magic may come to the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) tonight at 7, with additional shows on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets run from $27 to $55, plus fees. Go online for a full show schedule. — Griffin Swartzell
Reading and small business are two of our favorite things. If you're anything like us, you'll spend Small Business Saturday at Covered Treasures (105 Second St., coveredtreasures.com) today, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for two book signings — and the chance to take a chunk out of your shopping list. Heather Buchman, author of And Then You Dare and Linger, is first to the signing table, followed by Anna Blake, author of Stable Relation, at noon. Live today to the fullest, and fulfill your word-nerd needs. — Craig Lemley
The Dale House Project works with troubled teens in a community setting, preparing them to function on their own. Yobel International works to combat slavery and poverty on a global scale, promoting business development and fair trade. All big, important, awesome stuff, which you can contribute to simply by pitching a $10 suggested donation to either at tonight's Wine and Carols at the Wild Goose (401 N. Tejon St., on.fb.me/1QKQ3BB, yobelinternational.org, dalehouseproject.org). Spiced wine and cider begin pouring at 7 (by purchase), with local musicians wrapping up the singing around 9, all as part of an IndyGive! fundraiser. — Matthew Schniper
Deepen your understanding of military life, its costs and its sacrifices through two short films presented by the Fine Arts Center. The FAC has offered its Military Artistic Healing Program for nearly a decade now, using art as part of the healing process for veterans coming home with invisible injuries like PTSD and TBI. Healing Through Art, a film about that process by former program participant Anthony Ngo, starts at 6, followed by Military Life: On the Homefront, created by seven Colorado Springs teens from local military families.
There will be a reception at 5:30 at Library 21C (1175 Chapel Hills Drive, csfineartscenter.org/military) and the films will be followed at 6:30 by a Q&A session. Attendance is free. — Craig Lemley
Their name may scream metal, but White Reaper themselves do not. Barely out of their teens, the four Louisville, Kentucky, musicians wouldn't satisfy your craving for vocal histrionics or overwrought arpeggios even if they could. Instead, look to them for layers of distorted guitar, quavering synth lines, and Gilman Street-style vocals, which together evoke a kind of Ramones primitivism coupled with Cars pop-smarts. The band's 12-song debut album, White Reaper Does It Again, clocks in at under 40 minutes, so expect to hear nearly all of it during tonight's opening set for headliners Together Pangea — who are themselves interviewed on page 37 — at the hi-dive (7 S. Broadway, Denver, hi-dive.com, 720/570-4500). Tickets are $10/adv, $12/door and showtime is 8:30 p.m. — Bill Forman