You'll have plenty of time next month to spend with your family. Why not spend Thanksgiving with some friendly folks you're not related to? Join the pot-luck and jam at The Cave on Franklin Street. 968-9308.
Once you've had your fill of pumpkin pie and other Americana, head to the Ackland Art Museum for Experiencing Japan, a day of activities including origami, calligraphy and storytelling, from 11 am-2 pm. The museum's Japanese art exhibits run through Jan. 4. www.ackland.org . Free.
For those who believe the question, "What would Jesus do?" is a call to introspection, not a T-shirt slogan, Reynolds Price offers a reading from his book, A Serious Way of Wondering: The Ethics of Jesus Imagined, 11 am at McIntyre's Books, 200 Fearrington Village, Pittsboro. 542-3030. Free.
They live among you. They know more about your neighborhood than you do. They're local authors, and they're coming to the Washington Duke Inn for a Local Authors Book Fair, 2-4 pm, co-sponsored by the Historic Preservation Society of Durham. Some 18 local authors, many of them experts on Durham's history, will donate a portion of their books' sales to the HPSD. 682-3036, www.preservationdurham.org. Free.
People all over the globe will gather today to observe World AIDS Day, part of the United Nations' efforts to reduce stigma and promote education and treatment. You can join in by coming to the gathering at the Durham Arts Council at 6 pm. Refreshments will be followed by a candlelight vigil at 7 pm at the Civic Center Plaza. 120 Morris St, Durham. 560-7793.
What rights do we have--and what rights do we have left? A town meeting on The Patriot Act at Home, sponsored by the Orange County Human Relations Commission, brings Gene Nichols, Dean of the UNC-CH Law School, together with community leaders and elected officials from Hillsborough, where the county's Bill of Rights Defense Committee is hoping to win support for a town resolution against Attorney General John Ashcroft's campaign. 7-9 pm at the Hillsborough Courthouse. 245-2250. Free.