We are quickly approaching both Thanksgiving and Hanukkah! Both are next week and there is a lot to do in the Southern Tier for them. And as normal. Pick and choose, then enjoy!

Help a neighbor! There is a benefit Basket Raffle for Lori Phelps, who was seriously injured in an accident. It begins on the 24th and runs until December 14, when the drawing will be. Stop by the Crazy daisy Florist Shop, 19 Trestle Rd in Hancock, to buy tickets. Call 637-3700 for more info.

And more neighbors too. The Sean's Standing Strong Memorial Fund's Black & White Party fundraiser is Saturday at the Binghamton Club, 83 Front Street in Binghamton, from 7 to 11 pm. $35 in advance/ $40 at the door. Includes hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and desserts. There will be a silent auction and raffles.

Another neighbor in need is being helped by a benefit. Dusty Thompson is battling pancreatic cancer and there is a benefit at the Owego Moose Lodge, 3 Goodrich Road, on Saturday from 4 to 6 pm. It includes a spaghetti dinner, entertainment, cake decorating contest, Team Dusty t-shirts and bracelets and more!

The Chenango Valley Craft fair is Saturday from 10am to 3pm at CV High School. Santa will be on hand from 11 am to 2 pm. Sponsored by the CV-SADD Chapter.

For delicious food, stop by the tabernacle UMC, 83 Main Street in Binghamton, for a spaghetti dinner on Saturday from 4 to 6 pm! There is also a spaghetti dinner and raffle at the North Wayne Fire Company, 1663 Crosstown Highway in Lakewood, PA, for member Dylan Noble, who was diagnosed with Leukemia. It's Saturday from noon to 8 pm with raffles, door prizes, silent auction, music and beverages.

There's a turkey party at the West Colesville Fire Company, 1305 Colesville Rd in Binghamton, on Saturday with doors opening at 6:30pm. No minors are allowed.

For pet owners, this is a must. The American Red Cross is holding a pet first aid class on Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm at their offices at 620 East Main Street in Endicott. Call 800-733-2767 for more.

Holy Spirit Church, in Johnson City, is having a Nut Roll Sale with advance orders being taken until December 1st. Call 729-0069 or 798-9122.

It's another turkey party! This one is sponsored by the West Corners lions and will be at the Endicott Elks Lodge on Nanticoke Ave. It's Saturday beginning at 6:30pm. No minors.

Support Binghamton University by heading to the Osterhaut Concert theater to enjoy the BU Chorus and Symphony Orchestra as they present Gaudete. A great way to usher in the holidays, the performance is at 3 pm on Sunday.

Also on Sunday, a benefit for Broome County Toys for Tots. it will be at the Endicott Elks, 619 Nanticoke Ave, from 1 to 4 pm. Christmas in November features a dj, face painting, homemade treats,exotic animals to interact with, auctions and more! Admission is a new, unwrapped toy.