Above: There are many ways to celebrate the holiday in addition to the time-honored Thanksgiving meal.

There are many ways to celebrate Thanksgiving. Of course, there’s the traditional family get-together, but you want to try mingling with friends, getting active or supporting a worthy cause at a local community center.

Sunday Suppers with Chef Howard: Thanksgiving Sides

Sunday, Nov. 10, 4-6 p.m. Learn to make tasty side dishes at Marcus Jacob Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) and then enjoy eating them in a family-style setting. Community welcome, $25; members, $20. MJCCA at Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody 30338; Howard Schreiber, 678-812-3993, howard.schreiber@atlantajcc.org.

Thanksgiving Meet & Eat

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 12-2 p.m. The traditional Thanksgiving celebration for all ages includes music, entertainment and a catered meal. It’s also a fundraiser for the senior center. Cost is $15 for residents, $18 for non-residents. C. Freeman Poole Senior Center, Magnolia Hall, 4025 Hurt Road, Smyrna 30082; 770-801-3400, cobbcounty.org.

Thanksgiving Dinner with Nathalie Dupree, Cynthia Graubart and Virginia Willis

Monday, Nov. 18, 6:30-9 p.m. Three dames of Southern cooking will share recipes, tips and techniques for a successful holiday. Cost is $90. The Cook’s Warehouse Midtown at Ansley Mall, 1544 Piedmont Avenue, Suite 403-R, Atlanta 30324. Register and learn about more Atlanta Community Food Bank events and volunteer opportunities at acfb.org.

Thanksgiving Potluck

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring a favorite side dish to share; turkey, dessert and drinks are provided. Sign up at the front desk. For ages 55 and up; free for residents, $1 for non-residents. North Cobb Senior Center, Movie Room, 3900 Main Street, Acworth 30101; 770-975-7740, cobbcounty.org.

Pre-Thanksgiving Pie Party

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1-2 p.m. Treat yourself to dessert and hot coffee before turkey. Choose from a variety of traditional holiday pies at the pie bar. For ages 55 and up; $5 for residents, $7 for non-residents. Senior Wellness Center, Dinner Theater, 1150 Powder Springs Street, Marietta 30064; 770-528-5355, cobbcounty.org.

Gobble JogThanksgiving Day Gobble Jog

Thursday, Nov. 28, 6:30 a.m. The fundraiser includes a 10K run, 5K and 1K run/walks and a Tot Trot at Marietta Square. It supports MUST Ministries, an organization that provides food, clothing, shelter and more for people in northwest metro Atlanta; gobblejog.org.

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