1. Have dinner

Thursday, Nov. 23, will mark the 22nd year for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. This dinner is for anyone who doesn’t have a place to go for Thanksgiving dinner or for anyone who just simply doesn’t want to cook. There is no cost for the meal.

The traditional dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at Grace Community Church,1600 S. Anderson.

On the menu will be turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, cranberries, sugar-free salad, rolls, pie, cake, coffee and tea. You not only get a great meal, but also an opportunity for fellowship with the volunteers and others who come to share the meal. If you need meals delivered, call 283-2554 Thanksgiving morning after 10 a.m.



2. Watch the best

Each year there are two championships awarded in eight man football, one in Div. I and one in Div. II. That means two title games will be played Nov. 25 at Fischer Field.

Games will start with the Div. I title game at 11 a.m. St. Paul High School will face Hoxie High School. Both teams enter the game 11-1. In the afternoon contest, the Div. II Championship at 3:30 p.m., Hanover is making a run at an undefeated season.  Jetmore-Hodgeman County enters the final at 10-2 and looking to hand Hanover their first loss of the season.


3. Take a walk

The 2017 Winter Luminary Walk "The Prairie Sleeps" at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston will be a celebration of the stillness and beauty of the winter landscape. The event will be open from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 24 and 25, and on Dec. 1 and 2.

The traditional Luminary Walk activities include s’mores around fire pits, a nativity scene in our "leaf house stable", cookies and almond tea in the Visitor Center and reveling in the beauty of a winter evening illuminated by thousands of lights and candles.

The cost of admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children (ages 3-15). Children under 3 years of age are admitted for free.



4. Come downtown

Black Friday, with its creep onto Thanksgiving Day, has become a tradition. There's another big shopping day as well: Small Business Saturday. This weekend, check out the football game and then come downtown to check out small businesses and what they have to fill your holiday shopping lists. 


5. Head to the sale

The Ten Thousand Villages sale will feature hand made gifts, home decor, chocolate advent calendars, jewelry and other accessories — the things you might remember from the days of MCC operating a store on Main Street. The fair trade international gift festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays from Nov. 24 through Dec. 16 and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 3 to 17, on the mezzanine above Prairie Harvest in downtown Newton.