We're finally coming up on a very long holiday weekend, and if you're looking for something to do this Thanksgiving weekend (besides shopping), the following list of events just might help in planning out the weekend:


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    7th Annual Turkey Trot 5K

    Begins and finishes at Two Rivers Convention

    Info: www.gjturkeytrot.org/‎

    Grand Junction Local Fire Department #2808 and Rocky Mountain Health Plans will sponsor the 7th Annual Turkey Trot 5K. The race will be professional chip timed, but runners and walkers who wish to do the event recreationally can choose to race without a timing chip. Cost is $25 for ages 16 and up, $15 for ages 5 to 16, and kids under 5 are free. (Strollers and leashed pets are welcome at this family-friendly event.) Proceeds from this event will benefit Toys for Tots, Colorado Professional Firefighters Foundation, and a local fund for sick or injured firefighters and their families. Register online at www.gjturkeytrot.org. Packet pick-up and race-day registration will take place at Two Rivers Convention Center before the race.

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    Salvation Army's Thanksgiving Dinner

    Elks Lodge, 249 South 4th Street in Grand Junction

    Info: 970-242-3343

    Salvation Army will once again host its annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Grand Junction Elks Lodge. For information on how to have dinners delivered to shut-ins, call 970-242-3343.

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    4th Annual Free Thanksgiving Meal

    First Christian Church, 1326 North First Street in Grand Junction.

    Info: 970-242-7204

    All are welcome to attend this event. Dinner will be served at First Christian Church, on the western side of Sherwood Park.

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    VFW Post 1247 Thanksgiving Dinner

    VFW Post 1247, 1404 Ute Avenue in Grand Junction

    Info: 970-242-9940

    VFW Post 1247 will host Thanksgiving dinner at the VFW Post on Ute Avenue in Grand Junction. Everyone is welcome.

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    Carlson Vineyards Holiday Open House

    Carlson Vineyards, 461 35 Road in Palisade

    Info: 970-464-5554

    Carlson Vineyards will have a Holiday Open House to help celebrate their 25th year of making Colorado wines. Free tastings & tidbits paired with wines in our winery amongst the tanks. Soak in the mellow atmosphere and aromas of this year's wines in the making, sip holiday drinks Cherry 'n Chocolate and Hot Peach Cobbler in a Mug. Pet cats, win a doorprize, or walk up the hill behind the winery to take in the valley views. Friends & family welcome.

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    "Turbo" Movie Viewing Scheduled

    Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main Street in Grand Junction

    Info: 970-263-5700

    Need a break from shopping? Bring the kids to a matinee showing of "Turbo" Friday and Saturday at Two Rivers Convention Center. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. each day, and show starts at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person. Keep your ticket stub and enjoy $2 off the Polar Express Family Pajama Party, which takes place later in the day. All proceed go to benefit the Historic Avalon Theatre.

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    "The Polar Express" Family Pajama Party

    Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main Street in Grand Junction

    Info: 970-263-5700

    Two Rivers Convention Center will host “The Polar Express Family Pajama Party” Friday and Saturday at Two Rivers Convention Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and show starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person. Bring your sleeping bag, blanket and pillow, and cozy up to a holiday classic while raising money for the Historic Avalon Theatre. Hot chocolate and cookies will also be for sale.

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    Holiday Inn Airport Thanksgiving Basketball Classic

    Brownson Arena, 12th Street and Orchard Avenue in Grand Junction

    Info: 1-800-410-MAVS (6287)

    Tickets are as follows:
    Reserved Seating [All Ages]     $ 15.00
    General Admission Adults     $ 10.00
    General Admission Seniors (60+)     $ 5.00
    General Admission Students (w/ ID)     $ 5.00
    General Admission Children (Age 6 and Under) Free w/ Adult
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    Palisade Art & Chocolate Walk

    Downtown Palisade

    Info: 970-464-4819

    The Art and Chocolate Walk has become one of the best loved holiday events in the Grand Valley.  Eight Palisade stores and shops participate and all will have free chocolate for everyone.  Get your card punched at all eight venues and enter to win a fantastic gift basket with goodies from all stores participating:  The Blue Pig Gallery, Casual Gal Silversmith, Slice o' Life Bakery, Lupita's, Wedel Pottery, Deb's Funky Folk Art, Lavender Lady and Everything Collectible.

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    Santa Pet Photos

    Mesa Mall, 2424 U.S. Highway 6 & 50 in Grand Junction

    Info: 206-973-5568

    Bring your furry friends to Mesa Mall for Pet Photos with Santa from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.