Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! In addition to gathering with friends and family for Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Racine County this weekend. Real Racine has you covered.
Join a tradition. Take 100 roast turkeys, tons of potatoes, gallons of gravy and add a huge dollop of fellowship. You’ll get the annual Dan and Ray’s Rendering Thanks, a free Thanksgiving Day community meal served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St., Racine. Local businessmen Dan Johnson and Ray Steinbeck have coordinated this event for the past seven years. They will again be serving up the traditional Thanksgiving meal along with live entertainment, football on the big screen and kids activities. Donations are welcomed at Route 20 Cares, 14001 Washington Ave., Sturtevant, WI 53177. For more details, including volunteering information, visit the event’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/renderingthanksracine
Get some T-Day exercise. Before you indulge in a day of turkey dinner, dessert and football, you can run or walk in one of a pair of 5ks in Racine County. The Thanksgiving Day 5k starts at 9 a.m. Thursday from North Beach, 100 Kewaunee St. Packet pick up starts at 7 a.m. followed by a kids’ fun race at 8:30 a.m. The adult 5k starts at 9 a.m. Registration is $18 for adults and $10 for kids. Proceeds from the run benefit the Harvest Outreach Food Bank and the Federation of Christian Athletes. Register at www.td5k.org
In Burlington, the Thrivent Turkey Trot 5k starts at 8:30 a.m. from Wehmhoff Junker Park. Race day registration is $35. Details at www.runthanksgiving.com
Celebrating small. This Saturday, you’re invited to join local, small businesses all over Racine County celebrating Small Business Saturday. Businesses in Racine, Burlington, Waterford, Rochester, Union Grove and elsewhere will be open to welcome your support. Learn more about this national event at: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/shop-small/
You’ll like these leftovers. Here’s a way to deal with leftovers — run! The Leftover Run/Walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Case High School, 7345 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant. All participants in this timed 5k race will receive a randomly selected finishers medal and t-shirt from a RunWalk Events 2016 event. Registration is $17.50. For more information, visit http://runwalkevents.org/
Lighting it up. The Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights open its 2016 season on Saturday at Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, 8425 Hwy. 38, Caledonia. You’ll ride through a decorated wonderland of millions and millions of lights that are synchronized to music. New this year is the chance to ride through the display on Santa’s motorized sleigh. The Carnival of Lights is open from 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays until Dec. 31. Closed Christmas Day. Admission is $20 per car; $30 per limo, mini bus or large passenger van; $35 for large buses and motor homes. Visit www.wichristmascarnival.com
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