This week in Los Angeles, give back to the community with Gobble Gobble Give, a Thanksgiving Day volunteer event to feed the homeless. If you don’t have time to cook for the big day, or don’t want to, book a table at Georgie’s for a Thanksgiving feast you won’t soon forget. Finish with a half-gallon for a good cause: Salt and Straw has partnered with artist Scott Hove to sell ice cream in a keepsake package, and all the proceeds go to charity.

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November 5 - December 10 | Art
Rainbeau Samsara
Natalia Fabia is a Los Angeles–based figurative painter who specializes in dreamlike paintings on large-scale canvases. Rainbeau Samsara is her first solo show in four years; in it, Fabia uses surreal colors and carefully rendered figures to evoke mystery and fantasy. She’s inspired by such artists as John William Waterhouse and John Singer Sargent.
Corey Helford Gallery, 571 S. Anderson Blvd., Los Angeles | Free | website

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November 24 | Volunteer
Gobble Gobble Give
It’s important to remember that the upcoming holiday season is about coming together and helping those less fortunate. Gobble Gobble Give is an outstanding organization that distributes food, clothing, and toiletries to the homeless around Los Angeles. All volunteers are invited to bring a tasty dish (side, main, or even a dessert), five toiletry kits, and blankets or warm clothing. Then you can offer to help sort care packages or walk the streets delivering food to people in need.
10:00 AM | The Regent Theatre, 448 S. Main St., Los Angeles | Free | website

November 24 - 25 | Thanksgiving
Eat out on Thanksgiving
If you’re looking to stay out of the kitchen this Thanksgiving and just focus on delicious food with zero prep, head to Georgie at Montage Beverly Hills. Chef Geoffrey Zakarian will put you in a serious food frenzy with dishes like porcini and sausage stuffing and classic whipped potatoes served family style. Roasted turkey is also on the menu, followed by pumpkin cheesecake and chocolate budino. The next morning, Georgie’s will have an array of fresh juices, strong coffee, granola, and Maine lobster eggs Benedict to fill you up once more.
Georgie’s, 225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills | website

Rainbeau Samsara

November 25 | Dessert and art
Salt & Straw—and Scott Hove
Skip the Black Friday retail headaches and head down to L.A.’s Arts District to support a local nonprofit with a side of freshly scooped ice cream. Salt and Straw, a neighborhood ice cream store with flavors like lavender honey and chocolate gooey brownie, is teaming up with L.A. artist Scott Hove to make a dessert that is equal parts visual and edible art. Hove has created—and signed—a limited-edition half-gallon container that can serve as an art piece in its own right once the ice cream’s gone. All proceeds go to benefit Inner-City Arts, a nonprofit dedicated to arts education in the heart of Skid Row.
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM | Salt and Straw, 829 E. Third St., Los Angeles | $50 | website

November 26 - 27 | Escape the city
Malibu
Malibu is well-known for its picturesque beaches and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. It’s the site of many a movie filming and celebrity sighting. But it’s less famous for its hiking trails, which are just as deserving of some love. Escondido Falls is one landmark that can’t be missed—it’s the largest waterfall in all of Southern California. Sitting at the end of the tough Escondido Canyon Trail, the waterfall is two-tiered and 150 feet tall. After your workout, finish the day with fish chowder and shrimp cocktails at Duke’s, a restaurant dedicated to surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku, who taught surfing in Malibu (in addition to winning an Olympic gold medal in swimming and appearing in over two dozen Hollywood movies).

Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.

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