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Jackson Turkey Trot Registration.   Last day for pre-registration for tomorrow’s Jackson Turkey Trot.  The TURKEY TROT is an exciting race for all levels and age groups. Choose from a 5K Run, 5K Walk or a 10K Run. We also offer a Kids Run and now, a NEW Virtual Run. The TURKEY TROT race will be professionally chip timed with the results right after the race. Be sure to invite your friends and guests to join you on this exciting THANKSGIVING Day Run!   Race details here, pre-registration here.  Thursday’s Jackson Turkey Trot will be held at Ella Sharp Park.  Mask, Sanitizer, Social Distancing, Temperature Checks Covid-19 Questionnaire Prior to Race Start are Required.  The Jackson Turkey Trot is an ORS Race Series event,

ARTitude Holiday Marketplace.  The highly anticipated pop-up holiday marketplace in Downtown Jackson will be open November 20th through December 24th.  There will be a variety of gifts for purchase from local and outside vendors. Be looking for handmade jewelry, cards, ornaments and other unique holiday gifts. Support local and support #artsinjackson!  With retail still open at a 30% capacity, please #MASKUP and practice social distancing!  135 West Cortland Street (former Vermeulen’s), downtown Jackson.  Hours:  Tuesday thru Saturday 11 AM to 7 PM, Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM.

Holiday at Homes Program.  Region 2 Area Agency on Aging is seeking monetary donations from individuals and businesses across our region so our agency can purchase gifts for community members who are in the greatest economic need.  We hope that you can join with us in supporting those in need in our region by making a monetary donation that will not only help to provide gifts during the holiday season, but also fund household needs and provide services for older adults and adults with disabilities throughout the year. Holidays at Home is an especially personal way to let our vulnerable adults know that they are valued.  You may visit www.r2aaa.net and choose HOLIDAYS AT HOME when making your donation, or send your donation to 102 N Main Street, PO Box 189, Brooklyn Michigan, 49230, attention HOLIDAYS AT HOME. Thank you in advance for your generosity!  For additional information on this program or any of the other programs and services, please contact Region 2 Area Agency on Aging at (517) 592-1974 or at www.r2aaa.net.

Salvation Army Food Pantry.  The Salvation Army of Jackson County Food Pantry Hours:  Regular Pantry Hours are 10 am-noon and 1-2 pm Monday through Thursday.  Food Boxes are available every 30 days. In an emergency food may be provided from 2-4:30 pm -please call ahead – 517-782-7185. 

Wreaths Across America Wreath Sales.  This year, St. John Cemetery will host its fourth annual National Wreaths Across America Day ceremony virtually. The virtual ceremony will be held on December 19th at 12 PM on the St. John Catholic Cemetery Facebook page.  The veteran wreaths will be laid privately.  Coordinated by local volunteers, St. John Cemetery is raising money to purchase 2,300 remembrance wreaths to place on the graves of our veterans.  If you would like to sponsor a wreath for $15, visit jacksoncemetery.org or make a check payable to Wreaths Across America and sent to St. John Cemetery, 403 E. South Street, Jackson, MI 49203.  For more information, call 517-783-1728.

2020 Adopt-A-Family Presented by Community Action Agency.  Community Action Agency is seeking support for their 2020 Adopt-a-Family Campaign, to help make the holidays a little brighter for those who face the prospect of being unable to celebrate the season.  Secure financial contributions can be made by clicking on the “Donate” button on the CAA website (www.caajlh.org) and then selecting “Adopt-a-Family Holidays 2020” from the drop- down menu. For those who still wish to shop, a list for an identified family will be provided by CAA. The families waiting to be adopted are from CAA’s tri-county service area which includes Jackson, Lenawee, and Hillsdale counties.   Those wishing to adopt a family may make a secure donation through the “Donate” button on the CAA website (www.caajlh.org) or may also contact Steve York at (517) 539-8310 or by email at: syork@caajlh.org.  Due to COVID-19, CAA is modifying the program this holiday season.  In-person operations will be limited.  If you would still like to adopt a family in the traditional way, this option may be available on a limited basis.

Jackson and the Roaring 20s.  Propelled by events of the previous decade, Jackson, Michigan roared through the 1920s, experiencing lasting modifications to its social and physical appearance. Jackson & The Roaring 20s, a new exhibition on view from November 14 – October 17, 2021 at Ella Sharp Museum explores stories of the decade and their enduring significance in the community.  Developed by Ella Sharp Museum, The Jackson & The Roaring 20s exhibit draws from three different timelines in Jackson: events of the 1910s, the transition into the 1920s, and the lasting effects through the 1920s and into the future. With the focus on Jackson, the timeline will feature culture, life, and technology. Visitors will learn more specifically about Jackson saloons, brewery history, shifts in pop-culture, women of the 1920s, industries, technology, political and cultural tensions, and a larger look at the visible changes that took place during the decade.  Jackson & The Roaring 20s was developed as a supplement to the traveling exhibit Spirited: Prohibition in America. Spirited now open at Ella Sharp Museum and explores the era of prohibition when Americans could no longer manufacture, sell, or transport intoxicating beverages.

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