Out in the crowd: Yes, we can
11Alive Can-A-Thon food drive in its 26th year

The 26th annual 11Alive Can-A-Thon is calling for canned food donations.

Those who would like to donate nonperishable and canned goods to the cause have until 7 p.m. today to do so. Donations are being accepted at Discover Mills Mall, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville, where 11Alive is broadcasting live and entertainment is planned throughout the day, including a performance from "Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy." Players for the Georgia Force will also be on hand to sign autographs from noon to 1 p.m.

This year's drive is a partnership between 11Alive, Publix, The Salvation Army and Discover Mills Mall and is expected to bring in more than 130,000 pounds of food.

Other local events

happening this weekend


Lilburn will kick off its Festival of Christmas at

6 p.m. today with the lighting of the city's Christmas tree at the city park, 76 Main St. A Christmas concert will follow at 8 at the First Baptist Church of Lilburn, 285 Main St. For more information, visit www.lilburnparade.org.

Santa will arrive in Norcross as the city lights its tree at 7 p.m. today at Thrasher Park, 1 Park Drive N.W. For more information, call 770-448-2122.


Diana M. Hawkins will read and sign copies of her book, "Lumpy the Elephant," at 10 a.m. Saturday at Books for Less, 2815 Buford Drive, Buford. For more information, call 404-964-1452.

The Aurora Theatre will present That Puppet Guy - Lee Bryan in "The North Pole Follies" at 10 and 11 a.m. Saturday at the theater, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. Tickets are $7. For more information, call 648-226-6222.

"A Civil War Holiday" will take place from

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at McDaniel Farm Park, 3251 McDaniel Road, Duluth. Admission is $5 per person. For more information, call 770-814-4920.

The city of Suwanee will celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with its Old Town Holiday Festival and Caboose Lighting from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday in Old Town. For more information, call 770-945-8996.

The city of Lilburn will continue its Festival of Christmas with a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday. The parade route will run along Main Street and end at the city park, 76 Main St., where Christmas in the Park will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.lilburnparade.org.

The city of Buford will celebrate the holiday season Saturday with its annual festival and parade. The event begins at 11 a.m. and the lighting of the city tree will commence at 5:30 p.m. The parade will kick off at Tannery Row at

2:30 p.m. and proceed down Main Street. The festival will be held at the amphitheater area at the end of Main Street in front of the Bona Allen mansion. Visit www.visitbuford.com for more information.

The city of Duluth will host its fifth annual Hometown Holidays Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and the city will light its Christmas tree at 6:30 p.m. For more information,

e-mail events@duluthga.net.

Johns Creek Symphony will host a Holiday Pops Concert, Christmas Gala and Champagne Dessert Reception at

8 p.m. Saturday at St. Benedict Church in Duluth. For information and for ticket prices, visit www.johnscreeksymphony.org or call 678-992-2055.

The Gwinnett Choral Guild will present "Christmas by Candlelight," featuring special guests the Georgia Young Men's Ensemble, at

7 p.m. Saturday at Buford First United Methodist Church, 285 E. Main St., Buford. Tickets are $15 for adults, $25 for couples and $10 for senior citizens. For more information, call 404-223-9962 or visit www.gwinnettchoralguild.com.


Duluth will continue its Hometown Holidays Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, e-mail events@duluthga.net.