What’s going on around Renton? | Thanksgiving edition

Also: Don’t miss Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25.

Nov. 24

“O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy” by James & Jamesy at Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center: A Monty Python and Mr. Bean-inspired touring comedy show for the Christmas and holiday season, this live performance will be at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $46.01 – $69.33 for adults and $35.41 – $58.73 for students and can be purchased at https://rentonpac-ochristmastea.brownpapertickets.com.

Nov. 25

Small Business Saturday at Downtown Renton: An all-day celebration of Renton’s downtown, all are encouraged to do their holiday shopping while supporting the city’s local businesses. In partnership with the City of Renton, there will be a variety of activities going on in downtown Renton throughout the day.

REACH Meal Coalition Thanksgiving Community Party at Luther’s Table: From 12 to 3 p.m., join the Renton Eccumenical Association of Churches (REACH) Meal Coalition for a free Thanksgiving community meal. Luther’s Table is located at 419 South 2nd Street #1 in Renton.

Dec. 1

Renton Winter Lights Opening Night at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park: Kick off the most wonderful time of the year with beautiful lights on the water. 6 p.m. will have the arrival of Santa and lighting, photos with Santa will be from 6:15-8:15 p.m., a Singalong at North Shelter in the park will be from 7:15-8 p.m., the “Parade of Boats” from the Rainier Yacht Club will be from 7:30-8 p.m. and the arrival of the Argosy Christmas Ship will be from 8:10-8:30 p.m. Gene Coulon Park is located at 1201 Lake Washington Boulevard North and the lights will run 4-9 p.m. daily from Dec. 2 to Jan. 1.

Dec. 3

K9 Candy Cane 5K Fun Run and Walk at Renton Community Center: A fun and festive way to enjoy the crisp winter air with your favorite canine, this 5K fun run and walk will begin at 9:15 a.m. As part of the event, runners and walkers are encouraged to donate to the pet food drive (let’s fill the truck!). Register for the fun run at rentonwa gov/k9register.

Dec. 6

Free Museum Day at the Renton History Museum: Enjoy the wonders of the past with free admission to the museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free museum days are every first Wednesday and third Saturday of each month.

Dec. 8

Battle of the Badges at the Renton Community Center: From 5:30 – 8 p.m., cruise through this free drive-through holiday light display and vote for your favorite from different public safety personnel departments throughout the region. Battle of the Badges will also accept non-perishable food items to help support local food banks. Located at 1715 Maple Valley Highway.

Dec. 10

Renton City Concert Band Winter Concert at Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center: Join the Renton City Concert Band and conductor Michael Simpson during their seasonal winter concert from 2 – 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors 50+, $13 for adults. Purchase tickets at Renton Community Center, Don Persson Renton Senior Activity Center, or at the door on the day of the performance. For more information, visit rentonwa.gov/events or call 425-430-6700.

Dec. 12

The Renton American Legion Fred Hancock Post 19: This organization meets the second Tuesday of every month, except July and August, at 7 p.m. at the Post Hall (3224 NE 12th St.) in the Renton Highlands under the water tower. All veterans are welcome. Most vets are eligible for membership. America’s premier patriotic veterans’ organization and the prime driver of the original G. I. Bill, the Legion focuses on service to veterans, has influenced considerable social change in America, won hundreds of benefits for veterans and produced many important programs for the community, children and youth. Come join area vets.

Dec. 16

Free Museum Day at the Renton History Museum: Enjoy the wonders of the past with free admission to the museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free museum days are every first Wednesday and third Saturday of each month.

Saturdays, Dec. 2, 9 & 16

Renton Downtown Partnership Santa House at Renton Civic Theatre: Come get your free pictures with Santa Claus (kids, families and pets are welcome) from 1 – 4 p.m. beginning Dec. 2. The Renton Civic Theatre is located at 507 South 3rd Street. For more information, visit rentondowntown.com/happenings/santahouse/.

Saturdays, Nov. 25 – Dec. 30

Renton Parkrun at Cedar River Trail: This weekly 5K community event takes place every Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Cedar River Trail trailhead by the I-405 overpass. This free event does require registration but is meant to be a fun event where walkers, joggers, runners, volunteers and spectators can come together. For more information, visit parkruns.us/renton/ and the exact coordinates of the event are 47.4802N, -122.199W.

Have a Renton-related event coming up? Email bailey.jo.josie@rentonreporter.com to submit a public event to be included in our weekly events calendar.