Marysville's leaders say this Thanksgiving is special for the city because of many recent changes.

Marysville's leaders say this Thanksgiving is special for the city because of many recent changes.

Police Chief Floyd Golden is looking forward to the opening of the new police and court facility at West Fifth Street and Raymond Road.

"I'm thankful that our new facilities are starting to open up," he said. "I'm really looking forward to that. Things are going really well for the city and it's an exciting time to be here."

Marysville Fire Chief Jay Riley is settling in at the new Decker Fire Station on County Home Road but said he is grateful for more than just the new facilities.

"I'm really thankful for the people I work with. The people make the job nice and pleasurable to come to work every day and to be able to provide for the community," Riley said.

City Administrator Terry Emery echoed sentiments that a lot of people share during the holidays:

"I'm thankful for family and friends and the health for everybody," he said. "I think all families probably experience different health-related issues with different family members and I know ours are, too. I think that's what I'm thankful for -- family, friends and good health."

Marysville residents are gearing up for Thanksgiving Day with a variety of celebrations.

The Marysville Area Ministerial Association (MAMA) hosts the annual Community Thanksgiving Service Sunday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Hope Center, 212 Chestnut St. Tours of the building will be available beginning at 6 p.m. and again after the service.

Those attending the service are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to help support the local pantries.

MAMA will follow up with a Thanksgiving meal on Monday, Nov. 19, from 4-6 p.m. It is free and open to everyone.

On Thursday, Nov. 22, the city of Marysville will host the second annual Uptown Pumpkin Dash 5K Run starting at 9 a.m.

The official race charities are the Memorial Meals Program and Marysville Food Pantry. Organizers hope to raise enough funds to meet a goal of providing 2,500 meals for either the Memorial Meals Program or the food pantry.

Race day registration costs $40 but the Kids' Dash is free and begins at 8:50 a.m.