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    Looking for something to do to keep stress out of the kitchen and smiles on everyone's faces? Here are some ideas on how to keep the holidays happy and keep guests coming back year after year!
    Helping Others:
    Wayside is in need of donations of breakfast food for Thanksgiving Day and is also looking for volunteers as they are expecting a 20% increase from last year. Please visit: for more information on how to help.
    The Salvation Army is always looking for volunteers and donations, year-round. Call (502) 671-4900 for more information.
    Places to go that do something special:
    Captain’s Quarters will be serving a Thanksgiving buffet or try a Thanksgiving Cruise with full dinner menu. Visit: for more information as reservations are required.
    Churchill Downs: Have Thanksgiving with Churchill Downs with adult ticket prices starting at $48. Call (502) 636-4400 today for tickets as reservations book fast!
    Seniors Thanksgiving Day Dinner: Presbyterian Community Center, 701 South Hancock Street from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. The dinner is free of charge for persons who are 50 years old and older. There will be door prizes given away as well as entertainment for the afternoon. For more information, call Councilman David Tandy at (502) 574-1104.
    Horseshoe Casino Southern Indiana has a Thanksgiving Buffet from 11 am until 10 pm for a cost of $23.95 per person. For more information, please visit:
    Things to do:
    Looking for something to do with the family to pass the time that doesn’t include napping or football? Here’s a list of some ideas to help you keep your family… and your sanity in check!
    Why not prepare for all of the calories you’ll be consuming by getting rid of some of the ones you’re already carrying around? The 20th annual Fast Freddie Festive 5-Mile Foot Feast will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Floyd County 4-H Fairgrounds on Green Valley Road in New Albany, Ind. Proceeds from entry fees will benefit the Type 1-Diabetes Education Program at Floyd County Memorial Hospital
    Bowling: A great stress reliever and a great family experience with a touch of competition!
    Dixie Bowl: Open with Reservations, call (502) 937-7900
    Kingpin: Open at 4PM, call (502) 719-5464
    Lyndon Lanes: Open from noon- 10PM, call (502) 425-7895
    Rose Bowl: Open from 2- 11PM, call (502) 451-5717
    Movie: Been dying to see a recent movie but haven’t had the time to escape? Why not take a break and check out a new release? All local theaters are open for business and provide a great vacation from household stresses! Visit for movie theaters and showing times.
    Have a favorite new movie you want to share, or know of a great holiday classic the whole family will love? Blockbuster Videos are open all day on Thanksgiving, so be sure to stop by and pick up a movie everyone will love you for!
    Go Shopping: Yes, everyone makes a big deal of the day AFTER Thanksgiving, but why not check out the stores/sales on the day of? Places like Meijer and Wal-Mart are open… but places like Target are NOT.
    Games: Try card games, Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit or many other games to keep everyone entertained and laughing.

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    About Holly Freeland

    I graduated from Western Kentucky University (GO Tops!) with an English and Journalism degree. I spend my time playing soccer, watching UK basketball, stalking David Beckham and laughing at Chelsea Handler.

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