Are you looking for something different to do this Thanksgiving besides cooking all day and eating a big meal? Whether you are a newcomer to Utah or a lifelong resident, spending the holiday alone or with house full of friends and family; here are some fun ways to celebrate Thanksgiving this year.
Ching Farm Rescue and Sanctuary
The 20th Annual Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner and fundraiser for the animals at Ching Farm Rescue and Sanctuary will be held on Saturday, November 10th at the Wasatch Elementary School, 30 R Street from 5 to 9 pm. Erika Tymrak, midfielder of the Utah Royals Soccer Team, will be the guest speaker. Also there will be plenty of great items to bid on during the silent auction. Buy tickets here
Utah Food Bank
The Utah Food Bank distributed 39.2 million pounds of food to people facing hunger in Utah during 2017. Each day, 392,000 Utahans (including many children) are at risk of missing a meal. You can help support them by donating food, time and/or money.
Donating Food: There is a virtual food drive on-line where you can fill up a grocery cart with the most needed items – with the added benefit of paying less for the items than you would at retail prices, as well as save on gas and time by doing it on-line.
Time: Last year, volunteers worked 83,418 hours. There are lots of opportunities to volunteer time as an individual, family or group at the warehouse. All volunteers must sign up in advance. Keep in mind, Thanksgiving is a popular time to volunteer, but volunteers are needed throughout the year.
Money: There are several ways to donate to the Utah Food Bank including cash, donating your used car, employers’ matching gifts, and gifts of stocks. Check their link for further details.
Utah Human Race 5K/10K
You may also want to participate in the 13th annual Utah Human Race on Thanksgiving morning (and burn some calories before your Thanksgiving meal) to support the Utah Food Bank. Registration Details
Cottonwood Heights Thanksgiving Day 5K
Be part of the longest “running” Thanksgiving Day event. Strollers and dogs on leashes are welcome. Commemorative Medals awarded to participants who beat the Mayor to the finish line. Registration Details
“Thankful 13” Half Marathon / 5K / Kid’s Race
Participate in the half marathon, 5k or kid’s race on the Jordan Parkway trail in Lehi. Pumpkin pie, rolls and hot chocolate are available for participants at the end of the race. Registration Details
The Pilgrim 5K at Thanksgiving Point is a pilgrim wear costume run which includes their iconic long-sleeved cotton T-shirt and a giant buckle hat or bonnet. Pilgrim scenes can be found along the course, ending at Plymouth Rock where finishers can feast on pumpkin bars and drink apple cider. Registration Details
Friday, April 13 marks the official start of the Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point for 2018. The Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point is approximately a 30 minute drive from Salt Lake City to Lehi. The 280,000 tulip bulbs imported from Holland were planted in the fall and are now blooming. It is a treat for your senses as you stroll among 15 themed gardens on a 2 mile brick pathway that meanders through 55 meticulously kept acres. The flat brick pathway is easy to walk, but there are options for renting a golf cart or Segway.
One of the first things you will notice is the aroma of the rich soil and subtle scents of the diversity of flowers, shrubs and other plant life. The vibrant colors, shapes and textures of the gardens are a feast for your eyes. As you walk through the gardens, you will hear the harmonious sounds of rippling streams with accents of songs from birds, and ending with the thunderous crescendo of 40,000 gallons per minute pumping through the man-made waterfall.
It can get crowded during special events at Ashton Gardens, but it is open year round and is worth seeing throughout the year for seasonal changes. One of the benefits of having an annual membership is being able to enter the gardens an hour before it is officially open to the public. They are closed on Sundays, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
A couple of my favorite places at the gardens are the pier where you can feed the Koi fish, and the Secret Garden. There is no need to feel rushed. There are plenty of places to sit to enjoy the serenity, meditate, or read a book.
Thanksgiving Point also has additional venues including Museum of Natural Curiosity, Museum of Ancient Life and Farm Country. If you are feeling particularly adventurous, you can purchase an Explorer Pass will grant you admission to all four venues.
John Hamilton, Associate Broker of Windermere Real Estate, has nearly five decades of experience working with Buyers, Sellers, and other real estate professionals, and has sold more than 1,400 Utah properties. He has the experience to provide you an edge in negotiating your real estate transaction.