What Bostonians need to know this week

Boston, MA  -  11/9/2017  -    Treasurer Deborah Goldberg (cq), second from right, waits as Governor Charlie Baker (cq) hands off to Mayor Martin J. Walsh (cq).

The Greater Boston Food Bank (cq) holds its 12th annual Chain of Giving, to kick off its holiday turkey distribution.  Lead by Catherine D'Amato (cq), GBFB president and CEO, supporters, including politicians, business and community leaders, form chains to move 12,000 pounds of turkeys from the loading dock to the 6,000 square-foot freezer.
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Gov. Charlie Baker hands off a turkey to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh earlier this month at The Greater Boston Food Bank. –Pat Greenhouse / The Boston Globe

Seasons greetings, Boston. Hopefully you have a short week for which to be thankful. Here’s what you need to know to make it through the next few days.

What you missed over the weekend:

Clash on the Common: “Free speech” activists returned to Boston Common on Saturday. And so did the counter-protesters, who once again outnumbered the ralleygoers. Despite a few reported scuffles, the clash was mostly limited to verbal back-and-forth. Check out photos of the demonstrations here.

Blowout below the border: Despite a few cases of dehydration, the altitude in Mexico City didn’t seem to affect the Patriots too much. Tom Brady and company torched the Oakland Raiders defense for 33 points, while Matt Patricia’s defense held the opposing side to single digits.

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The streak continues: Once again, the Celtics rallied back from a double-digit deficit to win, extending their undefeated streak to 15 games. Brad Stevens explained the crux of the coaching style he employs to make it all work.

Trump tweets: The president of the United States said Sunday that he should have left three college basketball players in a Chinese jail after one of the player’s fathers didn’t acknowledge him.

A very good dog: Rescue, a 5-year-old Black lab that was worked as a service dog for two Boston Marathon survivors, received the ASPCA’s Dog of the Year award last week. Read the Globe‘s heartwarming story on the well-deserved recognition here.

Cushy job is cushy: Former Massachusetts senator-turned-ambassador to New Zealand Scott Brown says his new job is the “best I’ve ever had.” However, Brown’s plum assignment on the gorgeous island has not been without a few bumps — and not just on the bike paths.

What to know this week:

Attention travelers: Whether you’re traveling to see relatives or simply commuting to work, this could come in handy. According to the traffic app Waze, Tuesday afternoon will be among the worst times to drive around Boston this Thanksgiving week. But it isn’t alone. Here’s your one-stop resource for Boston-area traffic forecasts and live updates this holiday week.

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On a related note: Here are where experts expect will be the 10 worst traffic bottlenecks in Massachusetts, so you know which places to avoid around the busier periods.

For the cooking averse: The traditional Thanksgiving dinner isn’t for everyone. So if you’re going out to eat or ordering in, here are Boston-area chefs’ top picks for a meal worth giving thanks Thursday.

A Giant White turkey takes interest in a photographer at Watts Family Farm in Forestdale. —Craig Walker / The Boston Globe

Black Friday: Trying to score a deal on the nation’s unofficial day of shopping? Here’s a guide for those looking to take advantage of the holiday deals to bring home a new car. Making a score on a limited sale? Here’s when the big retailers open their doors in Massachusetts.

Reader recommendations: Need a break from the Thanksgiving cooking preparations or looking for a place to take a visiting relative out to lunch? We asked, and Boston.com readers delivered their top recommendations for the best roast beef sandwiches in Massachusetts. The photos alone are enough to feast your eyes on.

What’s happening in Boston:

One tree arrives and a trellis is lit: The Christmas tree that Nova Scotia sends Boston each year is set to arrive in the city Monday and delivered to the Common on Tuesday morning. Follow its journey from the Canadian province here. Meanwhile, the holiday trellis lighting at Christopher Columbus Park kicks off the season of illuminative festivities Monday night, turning the waterfront into a “winter wonderland.”

New ‘beachy’ Back Bay spot: Celebrity chef Jason Santos is at it again — this time with a new restaurant called Citrus & Salt, featuring cactus and crab chowder, smoked jalapeno butter-poached shrimp, and braised lamb neck tortas, among other MexiCali flavors. The Berkeley Street location opens Monday.

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A ‘direct hit to the heart, mind, and gut’: The critically acclaimed, award winning musical The Color Purple opens its two-week run Tuesday at the Shubert Theatre.

Tis the season: Ice skating, holiday shopping, and mulled wine descend on City Hall Plaza this Friday, as Boston Winter returns for its second year. This year, the downtown winter wonderland also includes a redesigned skating path and an “enchanted Christmas tree maze.”

Still the king: Touring on his latest album, legendary rapper and entertainment mogul Jay-Z is set to perform Saturday night at the TD Garden — which should be enough to wake you from even the deepest post-Thanksgiving meal slumbers.

This week’s Patriots schedule:

Week 12: Sunday, November 26: 1 p.m. versus the Miami Dolphins on CBS

This week’s Celtics schedule:

Monday, November 20: 8:30 p.m. at the Dallas Mavericks on NBC Sports Boston

Wednesday, November 22: 7:30 p.m. at the Miami Heat on NBC Sports Boston

Friday, November 24: 7:30 p.m. versus the Orlando Magic on NBC Sports Boston

Saturday, November 25: 7:30 p.m. at the Indiana Pacers on NBC Sports Boston

This week’s Bruins schedule:

Wednesday, November 22: 7 p.m. at the New Jersey Devils on NESN

Friday, November 24: 1 p.m. versus the Pittsburgh Penguins on NBC

Sunday, November 26: 5 p.m. versus the Edmonton Oilers on NESN