by Robin Kemp

It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving, and you may encounter less than the usual hustle and bustle at your local grocery store. Medical experts are urging everyone to wear masks, keep your distance from others (especially in public), and sanitize your hands and high-touch surfaces often. While you may be prepping more FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom calls than turkey and stuffing this year, we hope everyone gets some quality visits in with friends and loved ones.

Here’s what’s happening this weekend around Clayton County and the Southside:

FRIDAY, NOV. 20

Forest Park Fire at Food Depot

6pm: Forest Park’s annual Ward 4 Turkey Giveaway takes place at Starr Park and is open to residents in all wards of the city. Councilwoman Latresa Akins-Wells, the Forest Park Fire Department, the Forest Park Police Department, the Public Works Department, and Solo’s Barbershop are among the donors of this year’s turkeys.

SATURDAY, NOV. 21

7am-9am: Runsboro marks its 50th weekly 2.5mile walk/jog/fun run by celebrating Thelma Burt’s fourth year of being “cancer and tumor free!” Meet up at Lee Street Park in Jonesboro. Masks are required. The group exists to promote healthy living and physical fitness in the community. Contact A.D. Dixon on Facebook for more details.

Congratulations, Thelma!

9am-12pm: World Changers Church International is hosting Thanksgiving Feeding Families at the overflow parking lot on Pleasant Hill Road in College Park. The event is in conjunction with Old National Merchants Association and Bear Strong, Inc. Pre-registration has ended, so please register at 9 a.m. onsite. Food is available while supplies last.

10 am: The C-4 (Clayton County Cycling Club) holds its “Time Trials” ride on the Silver Comet Trail. Cyclists should meet up at the “Fountain” (mile marker 16) at the Hiram, GA Trailhead. Contact Charlton Bivins via the group’s Facebook page for details.

SUNDAY, NOV. 22

How could we forget? The City of Forest Park is holding a tailgate for the Saint-Falcons matchup starting with a dance team contest at 11 a.m., food trucks, and kickoff at 1 p.m. The event takes place in Starr Park. Dirty Birds fans and Who Dats in exile are both invited. (Disclaimer: The Clayton Crescent’s editor is a diehard, lifelong Saints fan, win or lose. Stand up and get crunk!)

Did we miss something this weekend? E-mail your event, date, time, and place to KempWrites@gmail.com and we’ll add it!

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