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Exercise and then eat! Enjoy a Seattle turkey trot and other activities this week

What happens on November 19-25

Exercise first, then feast! Seattle Turkey Trot gave participants the opportunity to burn calories before enjoying Thanksgiving dinner for 15 years, and this year the tradition of the holiday continues with a virtual turkey trot.

When Erin Fortier, Matt Ramm, and John O’Brien gathered 50 of their friends to get active on Thanksgiving morning in 2007, the Seattle Turkey Trot was born.

“It started off with a bunch of people who really just wanted to go out and move on Thanksgiving – as we all know, we always eat too much on Thanksgiving,” said Colleen Martinson, director of development and communications at Ballard Foods Bank. The Food Bank 5K race has grown since then. It attracted over 1,500 runners and walkers last year; when held in person, it typically attracts over 5,000 participants.

“Last year, [the Turkey Trot] raised $ 139,000 for the Ballard Food Bank mission, Martinson said, adding that the race is the organization’s largest fundraiser.

Turkey Trot funds benefit Ballard Food Bank’s mission to “bring food and hope to our neighbors because there can be enough for everyone,” she said.

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“We have a new building that has been open since mid-October. In this new location, we serve more people than ever before and in a new way. We have expanded our programs so all the money raised through the Seattle Turkey Trot goes directly to support people in need of food and services in our community, ”Martinson said.

The new food bank attracts people from over 500 families a week. Also 360 people every week are served at the Kindness Café, which offers free soup, sandwiches and coffee, and 350 children participate in the Food for Kids weekend meal program every week. The Ballard Food Bank Community Resource Center provides financial assistance to those in need, and “we deliver food to 850 families a week at eight zip codes in northwest Seattle … When people support the turkey, they support this mission,” she said.

“We are delighted to bring more food, support and hope to the people in our new home. This is especially important during the holiday season, when so many families face hunger, poverty and the lingering impact of COVID-19, ”said Jennifer Muzia, food bank executive director. “The turkey is an opportunity for our community to come together and help our neighbors.”

Thanks to its virtual format, Trot Turkey also provides members with a fun opportunity to create teams, “like All About That Baste … People really love it and it’s something we just love,” Martinson said.

When the members dress up and begin their 5K, “wherever they are, we’re still connected, albeit separated,” she said, adding that “you can really do it from anywhere. Last year we had someone from the most remote corners of the North Pole! ”

The Seattle Turkey Trot will take place on Thursday 25 November. The virtual format invites participants to run or walk anytime on Thanksgiving Day. Registration includes a turkey trot t-shirt and jogging is encouraged. Register by Tuesday November 23rd for more information online:

Additional turkeys in the Puget Sound area:

What else is going on

Here are a few more events taking place from November 19th to 25th in the Puget Sound area. If you would like to submit an event for consideration, please fill out the form at the bottom of the message.

Dancing in the Sky – November 19-20

Enjoy this orchestra and circus evening at 19:30 on November 19 and 20:00 on November 20. Under the artistic direction of Deon Fox, the evening also includes other impressive aerial arts such as silk, rings and chains. Buying tickets online; $ 61-95. 2702 S. Sixth Avenue, Seattle;

No Closet Follies: Vol 4 Carnal Fête – November 19-20

Puckduction features a night of burlesque, cabaret and drag performances featuring LGBTQ + people at 8pm. Buy tickets online; 25 dollars. 915 E. Pine St., Seattle;

Warren Miller’s Film Tour “Winter Begins Now” – November 19-24

Watch the 72nd annual film “Winter Begins Now,” which features multiple athletes on snow-covered trails. Find your local show online; times, places and prices change.

Free Giveaway from Eastside Church in Turkey – 20 November

Eastridge Church will donate 1,500 Thanksgiving turkeys and grocery bags to families in need at 9 a.m. (while supplies last) in Issaqua and Seattle. Is free. 24205 Issaquah-Fall City Road, Issaquah, and 4500 39th Ave. SW, Seattle; 425-270-6300;

Introduction to Pastels – November 20

The King County Library System is hosting a hands-on workshop where participants learn how to use pastels to paint a simple still life at 1:30 pm. Fine pastels, paper, pencil, eraser and paper towels are required. Register online; is free.

American Indian Comedy Jam – November 20

Native American Comedy Show featuring Adrianne Chalepa, Ernie Tsozy, Casey Nicholson, Milo Smith, Donovan Arshambaut and a special Supaman performance at 7:30 pm. Buy tickets online; 30-150 dollars. 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Wei S., Federal Way; 253-835-7010;

Refresher Trail Run in Ravenna – November 20

Join Northwest Trail Runs for a 4K, 8K, or 12K trail at Ravenna Park at 8:30 am. Register online; prices vary. 5520 Ravenna Ave. NE, Seattle; 206-291-8250;

Classic Jazz Band Black Swan with Marilyn Keller – November 21

The Puget Sound Traditional Jazz Society presents the Black Swan Classic Jazz Orchestra from 13:00 to 16:30. A dining table with pastries, coffee and tea will be provided. Buying tickets at the door; $ 12 / member, $ 15 / total, free / up to 21 years old with ticket purchase. 6411 Seaview Ave. NW, Seattle; 425-776-5072;

Live Short Stories – November 21

Short Stories Live returns for the 2021 season with a series of live readings that celebrate and explore our human connections at 4:00 PM. In this first event of the Short Stories Live season, former director and curator of the series Kurt Beatty explores re-engagement, renewal, and healing. Readings will include works by authors Jennifer Haupt, Jess Walter, Leo Tolstoy, Shirley Jackson and Charles R. Johnson. Buying tickets online; 10-15 dollars. 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle; 206-652-4255;

The Three Musketeers – November 23.

The Book-It Repertory Theater continues the 2021–2022 season with Lamar Legend’s The Three Musketeers, available for viewing or downloading. This acclaimed classic is filled with daring exploits and dramatic encounters. Buying tickets online; 5-35 dollars.


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