The day after Halloween, it seems as though everyone immediately begins thinking about the holiday season that starts just a few weeks after that night of fright.

That’s evident in High Point this year from two community events related to Thanksgiving, Christmas and the other holidays that fall before the end of the year…

  • On Thursday afternoon, Nov. 7, the High Point Police Department is hosting an educational event to spread safety tips related to the holidays – a time when there are all sorts of threats: from fires caused by dry trees with electrical lights on them to a vast army of porch pirates that comes out at this time of year when Amazon packages are ubiquitous. The event will be held at 2 p.m. at the High Point Public Library in the Business Center on the second floor.

Members of the High Point Police Department will discuss the best practices that keep people and property safe during the holiday season.

It’s free and open to everyone. For more information, interested parties can contact Christina Adams at 336-883-8512.

  • Also in High Point on Thursday, November 14, the city, in partnership with the YWCA and High Point University, will host the fourth annual “International Day of Giving Thanks Community Potluck Dinner.” That will take place at the High Point University Community Center at 921 Eastchester Dr. from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

According to promotional materials for the event, “This potluck style gathering highlights the diverse community that resides in High Point while giving thanks and appreciation. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share with others. The purpose of the event is to share food from all over the world, build relationships and give individuals and families the chance to learn about different cultures and traditions.”

Jelani Biggs, the human relations manager for High Point, said this week that it’s a terrific experience for everyone.

“This event is a great way to connect residents and strengthen the relationship between city leaders and the public,” Biggs said. “It reflects the City of High Point’s care and support for the international community.”

It’s free and open to the public. For more information, people can call Erica Talley at 336-883-3124.