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Today in Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for Thanksgiving

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015:

Crisp day to play

Thanksgiving in the Sacramento area should be a perfect day for a game of touch football on the front lawn, with crisp air, bright sun and autumn color. The National Weather Service forecasts a chilly morning in the low 30s with patchy frost, followed by mostly sunny skies and a high of 53 degrees. In the foothills, it’ll be even cooler with partly cloudy skies. And in the mountains, the temperature will dip into the 20s and 30s with a slight chance of snow showers and winds up to 15 mph, according to the weather service.

Running start for the holiday

Seeking a little exercise before Thanksgiving dinner? Here are some runs to start your day:

  • The 22nd annual Run to Feed the Hungry benefiting Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services begins at 8 a.m. at California State University, Sacramento, 6000 J St. Go to www.runtofeedthehungry.com for more information.
  • The ninth annual Folsom Turkey Trot, a 5K run/walk and 10K run, begins at 8:50 a.m. and raises funds for Twin Lakes Food Bank and The Folsom Athletic Associations Youth Assistance Scholarship. The event is sold out for participants, but spectators can view the race, which starts on North Parkway Drive finishes in the empty field at Blue Ravine and North Parkway Drive.
  • The seventh annual Elk Grove Turkey Trot begins with a kids’ quarter-mile fun run at 8 a.m., followed by a 5K and 10K at 8:15 a.m. The event benefits Sacramento-based Courage Worldwide to build homes for children rescued from sex trafficking. The event takes place at 8280 Longleaf Drive in Elk Grove.
  • The City of Roseville Turkey Trot kicks off with a 10K starting at 9 a.m., followed by a 5K starting at 9:15 a.m. The course starts and ends at the Vernon Street Town Square in downtown Roseville.
  • The seventh annual Running of the Turkeys 5K starts at 8 a.m. in Heritage Plaza at 600 Main St. in Woodland. The race benefits the Yolo Food Bank.
  • The fifth annual 5K Turkey Trot For Teal begins at 8 a.m. at the Herald Barn, 12746 Ivie Road, Herald. Proceeds go to the children’s cancer foundation Strong-as-Steele. There will be medals, T-shirts, prizes and other goodies for all participants.

Thanksgiving meals scheduled

  • The Salvation Army of Sacramento County and SactoMoFo food trucks host a free Thanksgiving meal at Ray Robinson Oak Park Community Center, 2550 Alhambra Blvd. in Oak Park. The Salvation Army prepares the turkeys, while the participating food trucks (Culinerdy Cruzer, Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen, Gameday Grill and Rudy’s on the Roll) will prepare the side dishes. The meals will also be served out of each food truck. The free meals will be served to the first 500 individuals in attendance from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • A full Thanksgiving meal is planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pannell Meadowview Community Center, 2450 Meadowview Road, Sacramento. The 20th free dinner will also feature activities including face paintings, a balloon artist, clowns and strolling magic.

Things to do

  • The 11th annual Sacramento Hmong New Year Festival begins a four-day run at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Hmong migration from the hills of Laos to the United States. The celebration features cultural entertainment, stage performances sports tournaments, and Hmong and Southeast Asian food. Event times are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Go to sacramentohmongnewyear.com for more information.
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