The Y of Central Maryland's annual Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K is a perfect way for the entire family to get exercise before the big feast and help raise needed funds for kids whose families live in poverty throughout Central Maryland.

At 8:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 27, the Y's Turkey Trot Charity 5K will start at the Long Gate Shopping Center, 4310 Montgomery Road in Ellicott City.


This Thanksgiving Day tradition features a 5K Run/Walk starting on Long Gate Parkway, down Meadowbrook Lane, looping around and finishing at Long Gate Shopping Center. Prizes will be awarded in each age group. Proceeds will enable needy children to attend educational and enrichment programs such as Y Preschool and Camp.

Pre-registration is available online at http://www.ymaryland.org. Race day registration is available at the event.For more information, contact Jill Black at jillblack@ymaryland.org or 410-465-4334.

On Black Friday, Nov. 28, Art for Animals, a benefit art show, opens from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Grind House Cafe & Juice Bar, 2433 St. Paul St. in Baltimore.Hosted by Baltimore Vegan Drinks, the art benefit show will feature 11 vegan artists who donated their work to benefit the winter care of the rescued animal residents at Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary & Eco-Retreat Event.

The art work for sale varies from oil on canvas to photography to watercolor to mixed media with crystals to acrylic on porcelain. The artists — Jessica Lynn Baligush (Windsor Mill), Christina Canner (Baltimore), Nathaniel Corn (Catonsville), Andrea Gauzza-Langlie (Baltimore), Rachel Horner (Baltimore), Serena Jarvis (Sykesville), Jason and Kristin Linde (Elkridge), Miguel Marron (Laurel), Rissa Miller (Catonsville) and Dora Siragusa-Parks (White Hall) — have visited Burleigh Manor and found inspiration in the animals living there, including horses, sheep, chickens, goats, bunnies, mules, donkeys, ponies and cows.

Located on the grounds of the historic Burleigh Manor house, the Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization that provides a safe and caring, permanent home for unwanted, neglected or abused farm animals. All animals receive proper nourishment, shelter and quality veterinary care. Volunteers provide the animals with individual attention and affection.

Tickets are $20 with food and drink that includes small vegan bites and juice. For tickets, go to http://www.bmorevegan.com/eventsAll ticket sales will be donated to the Sanctuary.Free tickets are available without food and drink but require pre-registration atbmorevegan@gmail.com. Art for Animals show will be on display through March 1, 2015.

Learn about cutting edge discoveries in neuroscience to boost your brain power at Howard County Library's Miller Branch on Monday, Dec. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m., when Majid Fotuh, author of "Boost Your Brain: The New Art and Science Behind Enhanced Brain Performance," gives a presentation about stress and your brain.

Fotuhi has authored three books about brain health that explores how stress can cause your brain to shrink and what you can do within three months to reverse its effects. This is a free Well & Wise event in partnership with Howard County Department of Citizen Services and Office on Aging. For more information, go to http://www.hclibrary.org or call 410-313-7750.