Pie can help you on Thanksgiving day

Poets Kelli Russell Agodon (a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year winner) and Annette Spaulding-Convy (finalist for the Miller Williams poetry prize) will be on hand for the latest installment of the Beacon Bards poetry series at The Station, Wednesday at 7. Agodon and Spaulding-Convy will read from their latest works, Letters From the Emily Dickinson Room  and In Broken Latin.

Thanks to the coordination of Blackbird's Tori Salvatore, but more than 20 of Ballard’s bars, restuarants, and retailers have been taken over by Lord Licorice (Candyland anyone?) today through Sunday. Places like BalMar, Bastille, Cupcake Royal, and Hattie’s Hat, are incorporating black licorice (a Scandinavian favorite) into their wares in various ways. Hint: The Sexton is featuring absinthe. Check out Ballard Licorice's Facebook page for more information. Salvatore's hoping to make this an annual event.

You may have the best intentions for baking pie this Thanksgiving, but if disaster (or procrastination) strikes, Pie in Fremont has you covered. Place your order (including gluten-free options) the day before, and the bakery will be open on Thanksgiving from 9 to noon for pickup, thus joins the ranks of helpful bakeries saving Seattleites time and extra stress next week.  Call 206-436-8590 to order.

Happy second birthday to Le Reve; Queen Anne’s little francophone café has a weeklong celebration planned. Owner Andrea Nakata has set up special events and tastings from a meet and greet with the café’s newest pastry chef to a French-inspired afternoon tea. Check the Queen Anne View for full list of dates and events.

Turkey Bingo night at McClure Middle School is raising funds for afterschool extracurriculars such as cooking, drama, pottery, and sports. With prizes donated from neighboring restaurants and coffee shops, participants’ will also benefit while supporting students. And you might even win your Thanksgiving tom. Queen Anne View says the eighth graders will be selling refreshments for participants. The family-friendly event is taking place Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30.

Remember when one of the two newest Washington State ferries was almost named after Seattle seafood legend Ivar Haglund? Well turns out fish and chips just didn’t cut it in yesterday’s Washington Transportation Commission meeting. The two names that stuck: Samish, meaning “giving people” and Tokitae (toh-kee-tay), meaning “nice day, pretty colors.” Sadly, it’s not such a nice day for fans of Ivar's.  

Eater Seattle announced the 2012 Eater Awards after a long and intense process of eating, nominating and voting, resulting in five categories of finalist in each of the 19 cities represented by Eater editors. See Madison Park Conservatory claiming Best Restaurant of the Year along with the rest of the nominees and first place winners listed by cities.