Best Bets: Circle of Peace & Hope

— Syracusans can start Thanksgiving Day by taking part in a Circle of Peace & Hope at Willow Bay, in Liverpool on the Onondaga Lake shore at 10 a.m. Nov. 24, to thank the Onondaga Nation and its people for being good neighbors and caretakers of the land.

“Our children learn about Native Americans providing support and sustenance to beleaguered European colonists as part of the history of Thanksgiving,” notes Circle organizer Jack Manno. “We want to bring this tradition home and to make it meaningful today, by expressing our appreciation for the leadership provided by the Onondaga Nation in seeking environmental cleanup and restoration throughout our region.”

Hundreds of years ago, representatives of five Iroquois nations including the Onondaga, gathered on the shore of Onondaga Lake to make peace and establish the long-lasting Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

The Nov. 24 Circle of Peace is hosted by Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, a grass-roots advocacy project of the Syracuse Peace Council. For information, call 472-5478, or visit peacecouncil.net/noon.

Doins and the Dino

The Barn Dogs will howl at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que at 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, followed by the Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Hollow at 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

Then, San Francisco guitar-slinger Tommy Castro plugs in Upstairs at the Dinosaur at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. Castro’s most recent solo disc, “Hard Believer,” was voted Contemporary Blues Album of 2009 by the Blues Foundation.

While Friday and Saturday’s show are free, Castro’s show costs $15 including dinner.

The world-famous Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, is at 246 W. Willow St., at the corner of North Franklin Street, downtown; 476-4937.

Hobin Band at Monirae’s

The Todd Hobin Band will showcase new material from its upcoming album when they headline a double bill also feature the SimpleLife duo at 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Monirae’s, 688 County Route 10, in Pennellville.

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