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LOCAL BRIEFS: Turkey Trot, free dog food

Turkey Trot takes place on Nov. 25

The city of Hendersonville’s Wellness Committee will host the annual Turkey Trot 5k Thanksgiving morning on Nov. 25. The Trot is a run/walk event open to all ages, all fitness levels, and all family members.
The 5k starts at 8:30 a.m. at City Hall at Fifth Avenue East and King Street. The course travels through downtown and ends back at City Hall. Walkers and runners should plan to be off the course by 10:30 a.m.
The entry fee of $13 includes a long sleeve t-shirt. The event will take place rain or shine, sleet, or snow.
Registrations received by Nov. 8 will be guaranteed their preferred t-shirt size. Volunteers are needed and will receive a free t-shirt. Race packets may be picked up on November 23rd and 24th from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the City Hall lobby located at 160 Sixth Avenue East.
Three prizes will be given prior to the start of the 5k for those pre-registered: oldest participant, farthest traveled and the family with the most participants.

Attendees are encouraged to follow CDC recommendations in place at the time of the event. Visit to register for the event as a participant or volunteer. For more information, contact Lu Ann Welter at (828) 233-3204 or at


Pet food giveaways scheduled in October

Free pet food giveaways are available for pet owners in need of support. Hosted by Blue Ridge Humane Society, the giveaways are located across Henderson County and open to anyone who needs help. Upcoming giveaways:
• Monday, Oct. 4, 3-5:30 p.m., Blue Ridge Humane Society Remote Building, located at 806 S. Grove St.
• Saturday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Boys & Girls Club parking lot, 304 Ashe St.
• Tuesday, Oct. 26, 3-5:30pm, Interfaith Assistance Ministry, 310 Freeman St., as part of Drive-Thru Tuesday.

Cat and dog food will be distributed first come, first serve, as supplies last to those in need or affected by Covid-19. Social distancing and protective measures will be taken by all staff and we ask the public to follow CDC recommendations regarding masking while at the pickups. Additional resources and supplies will also be available on a first come, first serve basis. If a pet owner is in need of food but unable to attend the pick-up, please call or text the BRHS helpline at (828) 393-5832.