Trottin on Poyntz

Runners make their way down Poyntz Avenue during the 3rd annual MHK Turkey Trot in 2018.

Build up your Thanksgiving Day appetite with the annual MHK Turkey Trot 5K.

The race, now in its fourth year, starts in Aggieville at 9 a.m., goes through City Park and winds down Poyntz Avenue.

Registration is $30 for teenagers and adults, and $20 for children under 15.

All race finishers will receive a Turkey Trot medal, and the top male and female finishers will receive plaques.

Race organizers are looking to break last year’s record of 866 participants.

See mhkturkeytrot.com for more info.

THURSDAY

COMMUNITY DINNERS

  • Join friends and neighbors at the Manhattan Community Dinner, hosted by the Flint Hills Breadbasket, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Old Chicago, 2001 Clock Tower Place. The free dinner is open to all community members.
  • Unedited Life and The Chef & I restaurant will host Thanksgive-A-Meal, a free community dinner, from 5 to 7 p.m. at 1735 North Washington St., Junction City.
  • The Wamego Council of Churches will host its annual free Community Thanksgiving Dinner from noon to 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Wamego, 1911 Grandview Drive, Wamego.

FRIDAY

Santa is making two stops in the area Friday, both to light community Christmas trees.

In Junction City, the city’s annual Christmas parade starts at 5:30 p.m. at Junction City High School and makes its way to Heritage Park, where Santa will turn on the park’s holiday lights and tree.

Then, in Whoville, or Blue Earth Plaza in downtown Manhattan, Santa and his elves will light the biggest holiday tree in Kansas at 7 p.m.

The seventh annual tree lighting kicks off the monthlong Festival of Lights display at Blue Earth Plaza, sponsored by local businesses. The lighting ceremony will include hot chocolate, winter food, local choir music and other holiday festivities.