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New Thanksgiving traditions

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Do you and your loved ones have special traditions for the Thanksgiving holiday beyond watching football, stuffing yourself and taking an afternoon nap? If you’re looking to shake up your routine or add more meaning to the holiday, all these activities in and around Indianapolis are good for the heart! Start a new Thanksgiving tradition!

Learn to cook something new

For many people, Thanksgiving is an intimidating holiday to cook for. Try a cooking class to enhance your skills, learn new recipes and enjoy the camaraderie and support of those in the same boat!

Indy’s Kitchen - Indy chef Jenny Fox offers a Thanksgiving cooking class that teaches you everything you need to know to cook the best Thanksgiving dinner. You’ll get some tips on how to relieve some of the stress from cooking for the big day too!

Date and time: Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Indy's Kitchen, 2442 Central Avenue, Indianapolis
Cost: $35
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Sur la Table - Learn to cook a modern Thanksgiving meal at Sur la Table in Carmel! Work alongside classmates to make approved recipes from Bon Appetit, with tips and techniques to help you cook with confidence.

Dates and times: Nov. 10, 11 a.m.; Nov. 18, 9 a.m.; Nov. 19, 4 p.m.
Location: Sur la Table, 14400 Clay Terrace Blvd, Suite 100, Carmel
Cost: $79 
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Chef JJ’s Back Yard - We would recommend our friend Chef JJ’s Hands-on Gobble Gobble class, but it’s already sold out. Watch for it next year!

Volunteer to serve others

On a day that is dedicated to giving thanks and expressing gratitude, spending some time serving others who are less fortunate seems like a natural way to celebrate the holiday. Here are a few Indianapolis organizations that are looking for volunteers on and around Thanksgiving.

Mozel Sanders Annual Thanksgiving Dinner "Feed The Hungry" event: This is the largest day of feeding for Indianapolis, and the Mozel Sanders Foundation couldn't accomplish it without the help of its volunteers.

  • What is needed: Volunteers assist in preparing, packaging and delivering dinners on Thanksgiving Day. They will be assigned to their area once they arrive and each volunteer will have a specific assignment during a certain time period.
  • Location: Atherton Hall on the Butler University campus and Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
  • How to volunteer: Go to mozelsanders.org and follow the instructions for signing up online.

Good Samaritan Network Thanksgiving food distribution and prep: Good Samaritan Network, a collaborative of nonprofits in Hamilton County, distributes food baskets to Hamilton County families in need so they can enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving meal.

  • What is needed: Volunteers unload and sort food, assist clients and deliver food. Preparation takes place Nov. 11, 16, 17, and food distribution is on Nov. 18.
  • Location: Hamilton County Fairgrounds, Noblesville
  • How to volunteer: Go to gsnlive.org and click “Holiday iVolunteer” to sign up online.

Zionsville Food Pantry Thanksgiving food distribution: The Zionsville Food Pantry helps approximately 125 families in Boone County every week, and distributes food before the holiday to ensure all have a nice Thanksgiving meal.

  • What is needed: Volunteers are needed to sort and distribute food for the pantry’s Thanksgiving distribution. Setup is Nov. 11 (9:30-11:30 a.m.), and food distribution takes place Nov. 16 and 17.
  • Location: Zionsville Presbyterian Church
  • How to volunteer: Please call (317) 873-8137, x1087 or email foodpantry@zpc.org.

Meals on Wheels: Active in Central Indiana for 46 years, Meals on Wheels delivers more than 500 meals every day to seniors, and those who are disabled and chronically ill. A special Thanksgiving meal is delivered on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.

  • What is needed: Volunteers to help deliver Thanksgiving meals on Nov. 23 and 24 to clients who are homebound.
  • Location: Throughout the greater Indianapolis area.
  • How to volunteer: Please call (317) 252-5558 or fill out a volunteer form online.

Run or walk for a good cause… and to burn calories

Gather your friends and family and join in on a fun run/walk Thanksgiving morning. You’ll be raising money for a good cause while burning enough calories to justify that extra slice of pumpkin pie!

Gobble Gallop (Avon)

  • Benefits: Hendricks Regional Health YMCA
  • Date, time, location: Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, at Hendricks Regional Health YMCA, 301 Satori Pkwy #160. 5K begins at 8 a.m. and quarter-mile run begins at 9 a.m.
  • More info and to register >>

Drumstick Dash (Broad Ripple)

  • Benefits: Wheeler Mission—all proceeds provide meals and care for homeless men, women, and children in our community.
  • Date, time, location: Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, at Broad Ripple High School. 4.6 mile and 2.75 mile begin at 9 a.m. Lil Gobblers race begins at 10:30 a.m.
  • More info and to register >>

Bolt for the Heart (Carmel)

  • Benefits: 100% of the proceeds will go to buying AEDs for Indiana State Trooper patrol cars.
  • Date, time, location: Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, at the Carmel Palladium Center Green. 5K run/walk begins at 9 a.m.
  • More info and to register >>

Wishbone 5K (Fishers)

Z Gravy Chase (Zionsville)

  • Benefits: Boys & Girls Club of Zionsville
  • Date, time, location: Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, on the Bricks in Downtown Zionsville. Both the 2.5 and 4.5 runs begin at 8:30 a.m.
  • More info and to register >>

Whatever you decide to do to celebrate Thanksgiving, we wish you a very happy holiday full of love and gratitude!

Do you have a Thanksgiving tradition that you love? Tell us in the comments!

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Kristie Smith
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