The To-Do List: Week of Nov. 18

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Mary Dies, of Green, decorates the top of a tree donated by Dies Landscaping and Lawncare at Akron Children's Hospital Tree Festival on Wednesday at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. (Mike CardewAkron Beacon Journal)

In the holiday spirit

Wrap yourself in some early Christmas cheer at the Holiday Tree Festival, a fundraiser for Akron Children’s Hospital. It’s open through Nov. 25 at the John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St. in downtown Akron.

Hundreds of trees, wreaths and decorations are on display, and admission is free.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 2 to 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

For your family

Dealing with grief can be particularly difficult during the holidays. Think of someone who has lost a loved one in the past year, and ask friends and family to start now showering them with cards.

Don’t forget to mention the deceased by name. The bereaved are often most worried that people will forget their loved one.

In your shopping bag

Check off all the nice people on your gift list at Crafty Mart, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Musica and We Gallery, 51 E. Market St. and 20 N. High St. in downtown Akron. The sale features uncommon arts and crafts by local artisans.

Park free in the library deck at High and Market streets.

On your table

Thanksgiving is Thursday. If you are cooking a turkey and bought a frozen one, you need to put it in the refrigerator by today to start thawing it in time for the holiday. Otherwise, you may end up with a bird that isn’t completely thawed by the time you want to put it in the oven on Thanksgiving morning.

At the library

Need inspiration? Anne Lamott, a novelist and essayist best known for her reflections on life and spirituality, speaks at the main Akron-Summit County Public Library at 7 p.m. Tuesday. There will be a Q&A after her remarks, and the sale and signing of Lamott’s latest book, Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers. Admission is free.

On tour

Contemporary R&B singer R. Kelly will bring his “Single Ladies Tour,” including the next several chapters of his ridiculous, nearly a-melodic “Trapped in the Closet” saga, to Cleveland at 8 p.m. next Sunday at the State Theatre, 1501 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $49.50-$87.50 at

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