Durangoans know how to celebrate holidays, and events this year include a free community Thanksgiving turkey dinner, turkey giveaways and a variety of arts and commercial events.
Shared Christian Ministries hosts its annual free community Thanksgiving Dinner from noon to 2 p.m., Thursday, at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Everyone is welcome.
In the spirit of the season and the faith, New Hope Durango church gave away 300 turkeys at Walmart on Saturday for the second year in a row. Member Lori Falconer said the turkeys were all paid for by church members.
Similarly, the Durango Food Bank will have a food drive at Walmart on Tuesday and again Dec. 7 and 8. The food bank has seen increasing demand, especially during the holiday season.
The Food Bank also expects more people will need help this spring, according to director Sarah Smith. For information on how to help, call 375-2672.
The Boys and Girls Club of La Plata County finishes up its fifth annual Bids for Kids online auction Nov. 26. Funds collected help support the clubs after-school and youth programs. Bidding is at www.bgclaplata.org.
Government offices closed
For those with government business, Thursday, and maybe even Friday, will not be the best days for that.
Durango city and La Plata County offices will be closed both Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
State and federal government offices will be closed Thursday, but are set to be open Friday. However, residents are advised to call ahead Friday to make sure an office is open.
Durangos Holidazzle kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday with singing with Santa. Santa and Mrs. Claus get everyone started singing, then the crowd proceeds on a caroling procession and holiday tree lighting in Buckley Park at Main Avenue and 10th Street.
The Durango Arts Center Winter Solstice Artisans Market will host an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the centers Barbara Conrad Gallery, 802 East Second Ave. The market itself will continue through Dec. 24 and be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
The Arts Center also will conduct a needle felting ornaments workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. A materials and workshop fee is $50.
A kids ornament-making workshop will be held 2 to 4 p.m. that same day. Cost for this workshop is $20, including materials.
Fort Lewis College will host a reception for the exhibit of work by graduating art students from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 26 at the gallery in the Art Building, 1000 Rim Drive. Additional information is available via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 247-7359.
FLCs music department will host a jazz ensemble at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 in the Community Concert Hall. Tickets are $5 for adults and $1 for students and children. For information about this concert, e-mail email@example.com, call 247-7657. A complete concert calendar is available at durangoconcerts.com.
firstname.lastname@example.org Herald Staff Writer Steve Lewis contributed to this report.