Thanksgiving dinners are being hosted by several churches and other groups this week. They include:
• St. Ambrose Parish, 929 Pearl Road, Brunswick, will open its doors to the community for the seventh annual Thanksgiving Day Community Meal 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Hilkert Hall.
More than 450 volunteers from the parish and around the community will serve meals to more than 6,000 people this Thanksgiving.
About 150 people will prepare meals and begin to deliver them across the region Wednesday and 300 volunteers are expected to assist with the bulk of meal preparation and delivery 10 a.m. to noon Thanksgiving Day.
The Thanksgiving meal ministry has grown over the years in the number of volunteers and locations of people served. This year, meals will be served at St. Ambrose, as well as at St. Bernard Parish in Akron and Saint Rocco’s Parish in Cleveland.
Meal deliveries for those who live near St. Ambrose are available to those who are unable to attend. For more information on the Thanksgiving Day meal call the St. Ambrose Parish office at (330) 460-7300.
• The Black River community is cooking up free Thanksgiving dinners for anyone who lives in the Black River school district and is alone or can’t get out on Thanksgiving Day.
Teachers and community members will cook Thanksgiving dishes and divide them into individual meals Thanksgiving Day in the recreation room of the high school.
High school students will deliver the meals about noon to any residents in need.
All dinners must be pre-ordered by Tuesday by calling one of the school offices at (419) 736-2161, (419) 736-3304 or (419) 736-3303.
• Medina Salvation Army is serving a Thanksgiving dinner 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in its gym at 425 W. Liberty St. Between 300 and 400 people are expected to attend.
• Wadsworth United Methodist Church, 195 Broad St., is hosting a free Thanksgiving meal at 11:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. Anyone interested in participating can call the church to make reservations at (330) 336-6689.
Other Thanksgiving events:
• The Meadows Turkey Bowl will begin at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day at Mike Meadows’ home, 3075 Hood Road, Medina Township.
On Wednesday, the participants will be divided into three teams at 8 p.m. at the Medina Country Club.
Most of the money raised this year will be donated to the St. Vincent DePaul Society and 30 percent of the money will go to the Radke family of Medina Township. The family lost a father and husband this summer when Peter Radke died while trying to save a 16-year-old girl from drowning in Lake Erie.
• The fifth annual Turkey Burner 5K Run and Family Turkey Hunt will begin at 9 a.m. with registration opening at 7 a.m. at the Hinckley Reservation near the Spillway on Bellus Road in Hinckley Township.
The run will go through trails of the reservation and will include a costume contest for the best dressed turkey, live music, hot chocolate and pumpkin pie.
Pre-registration is $25 and $35 race day, and the turkey hunt is $20 per family. Awards will be given for age and special group categories.
• Heartland Community Church is hosting its annual Turkey Bowl at 9 a.m. at the Medina Recreation Center, 855 Weymouth Road.
Teens and adults are invited to play a game of football on the field next to the parking lot in rain, shine or snow. For more information, call Bill Winar at (330) 808-0826.
• First Church of Christ Scientist, 5147 River Styx Road, Montville Township, will have a 10 a.m. Thanksgiving Day service. The service will include music and hymns, a reading of the Thanksgiving Proclamation by the president of the United States, a scriptural reading, prayer, a Thanksgiving Bible lesson, and testimonies of gratitude from attendees. Child care will be provided.