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Thanksgiving is known for turkey and pilgrims, but most importantly, Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks. After Thanksgiving it will become a shopping extravaganza leading up to the holidays. Get on your running shoes and be prepared for a week full of running, turkeys and shopping.

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November 19, 2012

Russell Brand

House of Blues Anaheim
1530 S. Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802

Russell Brand will be bringing his music to the House of Blues on Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are available in advance for $15 or $17.50 the day of the show. High Boys reserved seats are $25 and PIT reserved seats are $35. Doors open starting at 7 p.m.

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November 20, 2012

Coney Island Christmas

Geffen Playhouse
10886 Le Conte Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Marguiles brings a family holiday show the whole family can enjoy to the Geffen Playhouse. The festive show will be at the playhouse through Dec. 30. Tickets are available online starting at $35.

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November 21, 2012

Pretend City Thanksgiving Celebration

Pretend City
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618

Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks, and sharing what we are thankful for. Pretend City will be hosting a Thanksgiving Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a variety of fun activities. The event is free with general admission.

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November 22, 2012

Gobble Gobble Give 2012

The Echo
1822 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angles, CA 90026

Volunteers are welcome to come help give food, money or clothing for the homeless on Thanksgiving. Show some love during the holiday by coming out starting at 10 a.m. to help cook, package and deliver food to the homeless.

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CauseLife 5k/10K Turkey Trot

Corner of Beach Blvd. and Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach
More Info

Every day, 4,500 children die from water-related illnesses. CauseLife is raising funds to help provide water to people who are in water crisis. Proceeds from this event will go to help the nearly 1 billion people in the world without clean water. The race will begin at 7 a.m. and the cost is $35 in advance or $40 at the event.

Related: 2012 Turkey Trot Races In LA, OC

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November 23, 2012

Black Friday Shopping Events in Orange County

Discounts will rule with early morning shoppers catching the best deals on Black Friday. We have the hottest deals Black Friday Events in Orange County with extended shopping hours.

Fashion Island – 9am to 9pm
401 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Black Friday Events

Irvine Spectrum – 8am to 10pm
71 Fortune Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
Black Friday Events

The Market Place
2915 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92782
Black Friday Events

Shelby is an Orange County Native, and is a freelance writer for multiple magazines and websites around LA and Orange County. She can be found writing daily about the hottest happenings at the OC Mom Blog or on Twitter @GlitterfulFelt.