REGION — Buffet lines and huge crowds are a traditional aspect of community Thanksgiving meals, and of course, things will look a little different this year.
But that’s not to say events are canceled. They’ve just pivoted, as we have come to expect. Here are a few options — including a nod to fitness:
• The Lima Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, at Veterans Memorial Civic Center, 7 Town Square, Lima. It is presented by Lima Community Church. Meals, which include traditional Thanksgiving foods, are free.
The pandemic has necessitated a few changes. Those preparing food and volunteering will wear masks and gloves.
The number of people who will be allowed to dine in will be limited. Hosts will seat parties and see that parties are properly spaced while standing in line. All meals will be served in to-go containers, and curbside pick-up will be available.
To learn how to volunteer to help with the event, visit j.mp/2ILT4qA. All desserts must be delivered between 9 a.m. and noon Wednesday, Nov. 25.
• The Wapakoneta Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, at Anthony’s/The Venue, corner of Perry and Main streets, Wapakoneta. The event is drive-thru only, with no inside seating.
The meals are free, with freewill donations accepted. Dinners include turkey and dressing, potato, vegetable and a roll.
Boxed dinners will be served to drivers from Perry Street. Those participating in the event should approach from Auglaize Street, heading south.
• Thanksgiving dinners will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, at the American Legion Post 715, off Fourth Street, Fort Jennings. The meals are carryout only. Cost is $10.
Dinners include baked turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, vegetable, dinner roll and assorted desserts.
Reservations are due Friday, Nov. 20. Call 419-286-2100 and be prepared to leave a message with your name and number of meals you’d like to order.
• The fourth annual Turkey Trot Challenge 5K will be held Thursday, Nov. 26, in Spencerville. The event, presented by Team Stomp CrossFit, will start at 10 a.m.
The race will be held at the Miami and Erie Canal Towpath, 500 S. Canal St. Chip timing will be used.
Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 10 and younger. Registrations are due Tuesday, Nov. 24, at https://j.mp/391Atl8.
Packets may be picked up early from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, at Team Stomp CrossFit, 2485 Cable Court, Lima.