From free meals to fun shopping, our 2022 roundup of central Maine’s Thanksgiving events

Victoria Green serves up peas and carrots Nov. 10 at the Alfond Youth & Community Center Thanksgiving Dinner. It was the first time the center has held a sit-down Thanksgiving meal since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The dinner was held a little earlier this year so the center could avoid scheduling conflicts with other festivals and events in the run-up to Thanksgiving. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel File

Many activities and events are planned for this holiday week in Kennebec and Somerset counties.

Cities, churches and community organizers are planning Thanksgiving Day meals on Thursday, with all the fixings, and many other events are planned, including auctions and fun races.

An overview of events scheduled this week across the region:

TO AUGUSTUS, On Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., MIKA Augusta will be hosting a Thanksgiving Day Camp at 46 Bangor St. Parents of K-6 students can register their children for a day of karate, team sports, crafts, dance parties and more. For more information, call or text 207-441-6452.

At 3 p.m., Augusta Elks Lodge will host a pre-holiday “Gobbles and Goblets” happy hour at 397 Civic Center Drive. There will be live music from Tom Morin and drink specials. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Thursday from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., the YMCA of Kennebec Valley will host its annual Turkey Burn workout at 31 Union St. The event is open to everyone and costs $10, or $5 if you bring a friend. Participants can use the fitness center or attend spin and boot camp classes. All proceeds will be donated to the KV YMCA’s Strong Kids campaign. For more information, contact the coordinator Shayna at [email protected]

From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Club Calumet will hold its annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner at 334 West River Road. The meal is free, but donations are accepted and will benefit the Augusta Bread of Life Kitchen. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

IN FAIRFIELD, Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (with meals served at noon), those in need can enjoy a free Thanksgiving dinner at 144 Oakland Road. Sign up if you want to attend the Fairfield Pantry or Victor Grange Hall at Fairfield Center. For more information, call Tim Martin at 207-314-1640.

IN GARDINER, Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Augusta Masons will host a free Thanksgiving dinner at the Gardiner Boys and Girls Club at 14 Pray St. They will also be offering take-out meals. Those without transportation or who prefer home delivery can make arrangements by calling Kevin Campbell at 207-504-3073. If you’d like to help with meal prep, call Ed Brownell at 207-968-2073, text 207-649-6080, or email [email protected]

IN HARMONY, Thursday from 4-6:30 p.m., First Baptist Church will host a free Thanksgiving dinner at 20 High St. All are welcome.

IN JAY, Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be a Thanksgiving food drive on the Spruce Mountain Elementary School lawn at 12 Tiger Drive. All proceeds will go towards Thanksgiving meals and food for local families in need. For more information, contact Norma Jackman at 207-897-1121 or [email protected]

Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m., Bean’s Corner Baptist Church will serve a free Thanksgiving meal at 17 Chesterville Road. They ask you to register before the event by using an online form, commenting on the event’s Facebook page, or calling the church at 207-645-2925.

TO JEFFERSON, On Tuesday from 4-5:30 p.m., the area pantry will have a special pre-holiday opening, offering regular fare plus traditional Thanksgiving side dishes. The pantry is located at St. Giles Episcopal Church at 72 Gardiner Road.

IN LITCHFIELD, Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with dinner served at 1 p.m.) there will be a Public Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by the Litchfield Sportsmen’s Club and Michael and Connie Fletcher at 2261 Hallowell-Litchfield Road. Admission is free, but donations, cutlery and desserts are greatly appreciated. For more information, contact Michael Fletcher at 207-331-4719.

IN OAKLAND, Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the 33rd Annual Sit-Down Dinner will be held at Messalonskee High School, 131 Messalonskee High Drive. All are welcome and the meal is free. Those who prefer free meal delivery to their homes can call 207-578-1109 to arrange. For more information or to volunteer, call Mike Perkins at 207-716-6968, Jess Garten at 207-458-9479 or Mike Marston at 207-314-8780.

IN PITTSFIELD, At 5 p.m. Wednesday, the Sebasticook Valley Elks Lodge will hold its annual pie auction at 140 Middle St. Organizers will auction pies, cookies, cakes and other treats ahead of Thanksgiving Day to benefit Maine Children’s Cancer Program. The event is for anyone 21 years of age or older. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

In SKOWHEGAN, Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the City’s Parks and Recreation Department will hold its annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner at the Community Center, 39 Poulin Drive. The meal is free, everyone is welcome and no reservations are necessary. Meal delivery will be available within an 8 km radius in Skowhegan. To arrange, call 207-474-6901 or email [email protected]

IN UNIT, On Wednesday from 6:30-9:30 p.m., the Unity House of Pizza will host musician Riff Johnson for a Thanksgiving Eve performance at 118 Main St.

TO VASSALBORO, Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Renarda’s Kitchen will offer a full Thanksgiving dinner for $18.95 per person at 796 Main Street. The organizers also offer take-out dinners. For more information or to reserve, call 207-616-0704.

IN WATERVILLE, Thursday at 8 a.m., Soul Revival Studio will host a 75-minute Thanksgiving fundraising practice combining meditation, readings, journaling, and yoga at 147 Main St. The donation-based session will benefit the Maine Chapter of the Brain Injury Association. of America. Participants should bring water, diapers and a writing instrument. Cash or check accepted. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

8:30 a.m. School Street Yoga will host a free yoga class on Thanksgiving Day to “move our bodies before the big meal.” The event is limited to 15 people in person at 5 School St., but will also be available online. For information and tickets, go to the event’s Facebook page.

From 11:20 a.m. to 1 p.m., Le Phare will offer a free traditional turkey dinner with plenty of pies for dessert. The food court is operated by the Waterville Area Soup Kitchen at 38 College Ave. For more information, visit his website –

Champions Fitness Club will host its 20th annual Thanksgiving Turkey Run at 30 Elm Plaza. Registration for the 5K or 10K is at 7 a.m. and races start at 8 a.m. There is a $20 registration fee. For more information, visit the Champions Fitness Club Facebook page.

9 p.m., Drip City Arcade Bar will host a Turkey Day Tourney, a double pong tournament with an entry fee of $20 at 99 West River Road. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

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