Plus, how to use the new MyCharlie site
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36º | Partly cloudy | 1% chance of rain | Sunrise 6:59 a.m. | Sunset 4:11 p.m.

🦃 Trot this way
A group of runners wearing race bibs and one runner in a turkey costume pose in front of tents and yellow-leaved trees
Nonprofit running organization Stride for Stride poses at the 2022 Gobble Gobble Gobble race in Somerville. | Photo by @strideforstride_
Let’s talk turkey... trots. Before you embark on a marathon of homemade Thanksgiving dishes next week, lace up your racers for these community runs around Boston.

Whether you want to kick off turkey day with a 5K, or if a five-miler is more your speed, check out these local road races.

👟 Saturday, Nov. 18

The J. Barry Dwyer Red Devil Turkey Trot
Length: 3.1 miles
Start time: 10 a.m.
Location: 299 Everett Ave., Chelsea
Registration: $25
Fun fact: A ~1.8 mile walk and virtual 5K are also open for registration to help raise money for Chelsea High School students + the school’s running programs.

👟 Sunday, Nov. 19

PKL x NOBULL Ernie Trot
Length: 3 mile run or 1.5 mile walk
Start time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: 64 C St., Boston
Registration: $40
Fun fact: Running legend Kelly Whittaker leads this fun run + walk, which includes a brunch entree, cocktail or mocktail, and giveaways.

Wobble Before You Gobble
Length: 3.1 miles
Start time: 10 a.m.
Location: 82 Summer St., Malden
Registration: $40
Fun fact: This race will benefit Bread of Life, a Malden-based nonprofit that distributes food to families in need.

👟 Thursday, Nov. 23

Franklin Park Coalition 11th Annual Turkey Trot
Length: 3.1 miles
Start time: 9 a.m.
Location: Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse, 1Circuit Dr., Dorchester
Registration: $35
Fun fact: This Franklin Park tradition is the largest Thanksgiving Day race in Boston.

27th Annual Gobble Gobble Gobble
Length: 4 miles
Start time: 9 a.m.
Location: Seven Hills Park, 3 Otis St., Somerville
Registration: $45
Fun fact: Proceeds will go towards the Somerville Homeless Coalition, Somerville Track PAC, Stride for Stride, and Dilboy VFW Veterans Relief Fund.

20th Annual Wild Turkey 5 Mile Road Race
Length: 5 miles
Start time: 8 a.m.
Location: Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem
Registration: $33
Fun fact: This race will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem.
Friday, Nov. 17
  • Atrevete a Probar Pop Up | Friday, Nov. 17 | 5-9 p.m. | Lamplighter Broadway, 284 Broadway, Cambridge | Price of purchase | The Worcester food truck brings decadent tostones, loaded nachos + french fries, tacos, and quesadillas to the taproom.
  • Letters To Cleo | Friday, Nov. 17-Saturday, Nov. 18 | 7 p.m. | Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston | $35 | The Boston band celebrates the 30th anniversary of their record “Aurora Gory Alice.”
  • Anna Przy: Keep It Up, Cutie! | Friday, Nov. 17 | 7:30 p.m. | Deep Cuts, 21 Main St., Medford | $35-$75 | Meet the mental health TikTok star ahead of this extravaganza of dark humor, storytelling, and comedy.
Saturday Nov. 18
  • Meters 4 Liters: Notch Run Club | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 12 p.m. | Free to attend | The Charles River Speedway, 525 Western Ave, Brighton | Enjoy beer and free pretzels after this non-competitive community 5K.
  • Deer Tick | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 7 p.m. | House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston | $35-$60 | The Providence band brings their new record “Emotional Contracts” to Lansdowne Street.
  • Geddy Lee | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 8 p.m. | Orpheum Theatre, 1 Hamilton Pl., Boston | Prices vary | Every ticket to this fan Q&A with Geddy Lee includes a copy of the Rush rocker’s forthcoming book.
Sunday, Nov. 19
  • Vintage & Vinyl | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 1-5 p.m. | Samuel Adams Boston Brewery, 30 Germania St., Boston | Free to attend | Sip one-of-a-kind brews and discover vintage treasures from Body Stone and Soul, Boomerangs, Fresh Vintage Supply, , and more.
  • Sip and Paint | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Distraction Brewing Co., 2 Belgrade Ave., Boston | $45 | Tickets include all the supplies needed for the pour art class with local artist Rahim Gray.
  • LL COOL J | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 8 p.m. | TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston | Prices vary | Sing along with the “Goin’ Back to Cali” artist with “The F.O.R.C.E. Live.”
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News Notes
  • The United States Navy has plans to put a nuclear attack submarine into active service in Boston. Named the USS Massachusetts, the vessel is the Navy’s newest submarine and will be commissioned in ~2025, although the Navy has not yet announced an official date. (NBC 10)
  • The state commission created to suggest changes for the Massachusetts state motto and seal has disbanded. After forming in early 2021, the group of 20 people stated that a new group should “carry forward” with the redesign. (Boston Globe)
  • Naco Taco has opened a new location at 100 Hood Park Dr. in Charlestown. The eatery joins the taqueria’s Central Square restaurant, Newbury Street food truck, and setup within Hub Hall at TD Garden.
  • Bioengineers, doctors, and scientists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital are researching prostate cancer treatment with a new microscopic tool. The team is in phase one of clinical trials, which tests a device that deposits cancer-destroying medicines directly into cancerous lesions. (WCVB)
  • The City of Boston’s Franklin Park Action Plan is among the winners of the 2023 American Society of Landscape Architects awards. This award of excellence in the “Analysis and Planning” category honors an advanced level of landscape architecture envisioned for the 527-acre park.
Real Estate
  • Residents of a new Boston condominium development can get a workout in like Gronkowski. The Parker in the Theater District boasts a fitness center designed by Gronk Fitness, the business owner by the former Patriots tight end. (Boston Business Journal)
  • Need the perfect holiday gift for your dad, brother, husband, or boyfriend? This brand has you covered with all the gifts and stocking stuffers that men will actually use. (Plus, they’re all 25% off during the Black Friday Sale, happening now.)*
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🚃 Meet the new MyCharlie website
A subway train pulling up to the Longwood station on the Green Line's D branch.
The modernized MyCharlie portal is part of the MBTA’s goal to improve riders’ experiences. | Photo by @charbinger
The MBTA may need $24.5 billion to repair the subway’s myriad of issues, but T riders only need one website to manage their CharlieCards.

The new and improved MyCharlie interface, which launched this week, has streamlined the process of purchasing and maintaining transit cards, among other tasks. Through the new site, users can now easily set up automatic payments, request replacement cards, and register multiple CharlieCards under one account. The MyCharlie website also allows riders to protect their card’s balance in the event of loss, damage, or theft.

The switch to this more modern interface contributes to the MBTA’s “ongoing efforts to improve rider experience,” explained MBTA General Manager and CEO Phillip Eng.

Pro tip: Existing MyCharlie users can access their saved information by creating a new MBTA account with the same email address as their MyCharlie account.
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The Wrap
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You won’t find gifts like these above ground. Record, clothing, and accessory shop The Vintage Underground will celebrate its one-year anniversary this Saturday, Nov. 18, with an evening of discounts, giveaways, and tasty treats.

Head to 957 Commonwealth Ave. from 4 to 7 p.m. to snag your new favorite LP or party ensemble.
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