She’s a gingerbread-man eater

There are more ways to show gratitude this Thanksgiving holiday than there are members in Menudo. One idea: Volunteer at a human- or animal-welfare nonprofit. Another: Head up to Animal Place (17314 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley) on Saturday, November 17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the Thank the Turkeys event. Mingle with birds lucky enough to escape a supper-plate fate, enjoy a vegan dinner and listen to guest speaker Jonathan Balcombe for $55. After the holiday, your sweet tooth will thank its lucky stars for the Vegan Holiday Baking hands-on class on Thursday, November 29, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op (1900 Alhambra Boulevard), where you’ll learn how to make a variety of treats, including people anyone can ethically eat: gingerbread men.