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This week in Ames: Nov. 22-28

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, everyone! This will be a great week to spend time with family and friends, to whip up a feast in the kitchen, and to enjoy being together again after being apart last year.

So, of course, Thanksgiving is Thursday, Nov. 25, and that means that Black Friday is Nov. 26, the official kickoff to holiday shopping – although it seems as though we’ve all been shopping for weeks already.

The next day, Small Business Saturday reminds us to share joy, shop small, and shop all season long at your local small businesses!

As you plan your holiday shopping spree, note the extended hours for downtown shops, North Grand Mall businesses, and other stores.

Also on Friday, Nov. 26, the ISU Cyclones take on the TCU horned frogs at 3:30 p.m. at Jack Trice Stadium. Enjoy the last home game of the season!

On Sunday, Nov. 28, country music superstar Martina McBride will bring her popular “Joy of Christmas Tour” to Stephens Auditorium at 7 p.m.

And don’t forget that the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad Santa Express will begin its festive run to the “North Pole” starting Nov. 26 and will continue each weekend through Dec. 19. Bring the family and enjoy this central Iowa tradition!

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