The Daily News’ offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23, in observance of Thanksgiving. Offices will reopen Monday, Nov. 26, at 8:30 a.m. and remain open during normal business hours.

Metal Museum will hold Blacksmith Friday on Friday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive. The event will include free museum admission and blacksmith demonstrations, and attendees can shop for unique items created by nationally recognized artists. Visit or call 774-6380.

The Circuit Playhouse will present “Ken Ludwig’s ’Twas the Night Before Christmas” Friday, Nov. 23, through Dec. 30 at Circuit, 51 S. Cooper St. Visit for times and tickets.

Memphis Botanic Garden will hold Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 23 through Dec. 15, and daily Dec. 17 through Dec. 29, except for Christmas eve and day. Cost is $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers. Call 636-4106.

The WRVR Toy Truck Drive benefiting Porter-Leath will be held Monday, Nov. 26, through Friday, Nov. 30, at Bud Davis Cadillac, 5433 Poplar Ave. Supporters can drop off toys, bikes, luggage and monetary donations to benefit children served by Porter-Leath, and Santa and live reindeer will be on hand for photographs for $5. Visit for details and a list of other drop-off locations.

Rhodes College will host Dr. Amy Singer, presenting “The Ottoman Conquest of Jerusalem,” as part of its Communities in Conversation series Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 5:30 p.m. in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Singer is professor of Ottoman and Turkish history at Tel Aviv University. Cost is free. Visit

Talk Shoppe and the Small Business Chamber will present “The Mastermind Principle: Based on the Book ‘Think & Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill” Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Ave. Cost is free. Visit or

BIG for Memphis will host Memphis Police Department Director Toney Armstrong Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Phelps Security, 4932 Park Ave. BIG brings together Memphis Police Department colonels and business leaders to impact the community. Cost is free. R.S.V.P. to