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Approximately 45 miles north on Interstate 95, Thanksgiving means two things: a high school gridiron clash between the Baltimore Polytechnic Engineers and the Baltimore City College Knights, and Bea Gaddy’s “Thanks for Giving” dinner for the city’s homeless and underprivileged. After spending at least 18 turkey days in Baltimore, I can say that I have no regrets about skipping the former but many, many about being absent from helping out with the latter. So, before I hop onto the highway to see my parents in Charm City this year, I’m making a pit stop at the D.C. Jewish Community Center’s “Everything but the Turkey.” The night before we gorge ourselves with stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie, we’ll prepare the same delectable dishes to distribute to area shelters on Thanksgiving Day. At 6:30 p.m. at the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center, 16th and Q Sts. NW. Free. For reservations call (703) 234-3966 ext. 1253. (Elissa Silverman)