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Small Business Saturday, Christkindlmarkt among 8 things to near Freeport this weekend


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It’s Thanksgiving week, which includes Small Business Saturday.

Enjoy time with family, running, bowling, hunting, shopping and of course, eating.

Here are eight things to do in the Freeport area this weekend plus a few coming up next week.

Share Food Give Thanks Fun Run 2023

What: Choose a 5k or 1-mile course for runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels. This family-friendly, fun run/walk is open to all. The race will be unofficially timed with a stopwatch; no medals awarded or t-shirts provided. No pre-registration required. All donations will go to Freeport Area Church Cooperative.

When: 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23

Where: Family YMCA of Northwest Illinois, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport

For more: 815-235-9622

Thanksgiving Day 1-Ball

What: The Thanksgiving One Ball is a Thanksgiving Day tradition. There are men’s and women’s divisions, which will be scored separately.

When: 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 23

Where: 4 Seasons Bowling Center, 1100 W. Galena Ave., Freeport

Cost: $15 per entry; strike jackpot for $2 and $1 brackets available; $2 Tom & Jerry’s at bowlers bar

For more: 815-235-6145

Sixth Annual Nellie’s Thanksgiving

What: Turkey and fixing’s at 4 p.m. Feel free to bring a dish to pass. Red Beard Karaoke at 7 p.m.

When: 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 23

Where: Hot Rod Nellie’s Bar, 122 S. Jackson Road, Pecatonica

For more: 815-239-2424

21st Annual Christkindlmarkt

What: This traditional outdoor German Christmas market originates back to the 14th century. Turner Hall’s Christkindlmarkt is held indoors but patterned after the historic outdoor German markets. The two-day holiday market features the work of select artisans and crafters, with handcrafted gifts. The Monroe Swiss Singers, known for their Swiss baked goods in addition to their singing, will offer Swiss specialties such as Brätzeli cookies, Zopf braided bread and Spitzbuben cookies.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Nov. 25

Where: Grand Hall of Turner Hall, 1217-17th Ave., Monroe, Wis.

Cost: Free admission

For more: turnerhallofmonroe.org

Small Business Saturday and Astrology with Amanda

What: Doorbuster sales, games, prizes and refreshments. Amanda will be doing Astrology Readings; book your slot today.

When: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25

Where: Rootz & Branchez, 101 W. Main St., Freeport

For more: 815-616-5422

Small Business Saturday at Flair Boutique

What: There will have in-store and online sales, raffle giveaways, custom hat bar, hot cider and snacks.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25

Where: Flair Boutique, 14 E. Stephenson St., Freeport

For more: 815-275-4281

Sweet Stitches Market Small Business Saturday

What: There will goodie bags, doorbusters, raffle, drinks and treats.

When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25

Where: Sweet Stitches Market, 306 E. Main St., Lena

For more: 815-238-3739

European Pheasant Hunt

What: Get ready for a day in the great outdoors. Explore our grounds, teeming with wildlife and offering the perfect backdrop for this hunting experience. Seasoned guides will be by your side, providing insights and ensuring a successful hunt.

When: 7 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 26

Where: Rock Hollow, Hunt Club, 1891 IL Rt. 75, Freeport

Cost: $350; $300 for members; optional trap shoot and lunch for $50 per person

For more: 815-232-5428

Frosty Family Fun

What: Join FHN and the library for holiday fun with the whole family. Sing Christmas carols, create holiday slime and play holiday bingo. You can also make a healthy holiday treat to take home as well as a reindeer treat.

When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27

Where: Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St., Freeport

For more: fhn.org

Teens Only: No-Sew Blankets

What: Help others in the community by making no-sew blankets to donate to various organizations.

When: 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27

Where: Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St., Freeport

For more: 815-233-3000

Kathi Edwards is a freelance correspondent.

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