Like the bulk of Middle America, you're probably not planning to hit up the mall until Friday, one of the biggest shopping days in the U.S. Instead, how about going to a mall this Thursday? I'm not talking about shopping; there will be plenty of opportunities to stimulate the economy and give back to capitalism in the coming month. But those looking to do some good this Thanksgiving can walk the Mall of America and raise funds for organizations that struggle to feed those in need. Sure, you'll miss the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, but you've probably seen that tired old inflated Garfield enough already. Sign up early or check in at open registration between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., put on your best mall sneakers, and walk the 5K route (you can walk as little or as much of it as you please). Though the fight to end hunger is a continuous one, the problem has been on the rise: over the past six years, food shelf usage has gone up 250 percent in the suburbs alone. Think your contribution doesn't mean much? Donate $100 and you've raised enough to feed three kids lunch for a month. The walk will benefit local charities, including Second Harvest Heartland, Emergency Foodshelf Network, and the Greater Twin Cities United Way. For more info or to sign up, call 612.807.2228 or visit www.walktoendhunger.org. 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington.
Thu., Nov. 27, 7-11 p.m., 2008