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Thanksgiving

Nick Azzaro

During the last few days, we've brought you short stories on the different ways Washtenaw County residents celebrate Thanksgiving.  We end our series with a story on non-traditional food.  

 


Meals on Wheels
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For years, the Meals on Wheels organizations in Washtenaw County have provided hot meals to those in need on Thanksgiving Day.  And this year will not be an exception.  


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

As part of the Thanksgiving celebration, churches in Washtenaw County are opening their doors to help feed the public.  With this story, we continue with our series on how different people celebrate the holiday in our county.
 


Lisa Barry

Thanksgiving is typically a time when family and friends get together, but not everyone is fortunate enough to have that experience.

An Ypsilanti restaurant is offering free Thanksgiving dinners Thursday as a way of giving back to the community.

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

When people think about Thanksgiving, among the first words that comes to mind is: Turkey! Not everyone, however, partakes. All this week, 89.1 WEMU is exploring some of the different ways the holiday is being celebrated in Washtenaw County. Today, we look at a restaurant that is offering up an alternative feast. 


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

During the next few days we'll bring you a series of short stories on the different ways people celebrate Thanksgiving in Washtenaw County.  We start off by focusing on international students at Eastern Michigan University, who will not be going home for the holiday. 
 


Pixabay

On this week’s "Art & Soul - The Art of Well Being," 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry speaks to Paulette Grotrian, local mindfulness teacher and one of the founders of the Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness.

Grotrian talks about the qualities and attitudes of mindfulness, including patience, letting go, acceptance, non-striving, non-judgment, trust, beginner’s mind, compassion, generosity, and gratitude.


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

It's Thanksgiving week, and while many families gather for large dinners and celebrations, not everyone is as fortunate.  For some college students, it's an even bigger struggle including in Washtenaw County.  

I was on hand when students and staff gathered to put together Thanksgiving dinner food baskets at Eastern Michigan University's "Swoop Food Pantry."


Black Friday
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Black Friday actually started on Wednesday for one area woman who works and shops in Ann Arbor.  That means Thanksgiving dinner has been pushed back a day to accommodate her holiday shopping tradition.


Thanksgiving
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While many families will be feasting on Thanksgiving Day, there are hungry people going without. It is also a holiday in which a lot of food waste is generated. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Noelle Bowman, solid waste specialist for Washtenaw County, about the best ways to help others and responsibly deal with those Thanksgiving leftovers.


Amtrak
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With the Thanksgiving Day holiday a few days away, it's the busiest travel week of the year.  Local Amtrak train service will be at max capacity.


mmm... pie
Evan-Amos

With the holidays upon us, efforts to eat healthfully become more difficult with all the goodies offered at special dinners and parties.  

Try These Michigan Craft Beers At Your Holiday Dinner

Nov 24, 2015
Michigan Craft Beer
Amanda LeClaire / 89.1 WEMU

While the food takes center stage during Thanksgiving, no meal is truly complete without the right beverage. WEMU's Amanda LeClaire spoke with a local beer geek about how to find the right brew for the holiday.


Vito Palmisano / Wayne County Airport Authority

3.6 million Americans are expected to fly this week for the Thanksgiving holiday.  


Eastern Michigan University

As we get closer to Thanksgiving, Eastern Michigan University needs your help to feed students in need. 


Join WEMU in celebrating Thanksgiving in a few different ways this year. Unwind while you're cooking your holiday feast, and listen in to Linda Yohn for a heft serving of Stuffy Turkey, Grits and Gravy, Sweet Potato Pie, and all of your other musical food favorites! 

    Share your own must-have Thanksgiving dishes (recipes optional!) on WEMU 89.1's Facebook PageOr maybe there's something on the Thanksgiving menu you don't like?  

    Looking ​for some inspiration or want to try something new this Thanksgiving? Sunday 89.1 Jazz Host, and Ann Arbor News food writer, Jessica Webster shares this great recipe to add a bit of flavor and moisture to your Thanksgiving Day meal: 

    SOS Community Services is asking the community to consider helping feed 20 needy families this holiday season by donating food items Wednesday.

    Development Director Chelsea Brown says SOS Community Services holds holiday food distribution for families in need every year.

    Brown says anyone interested in donating food items can drop them off at the SOS Communitiy Services offices at 114 North River Street in Ypsilanti.

    Monetary donations can be made online via the link below.

    http://soscs.org/