The City of Greensboro offices are closed Thursday, Nov. 28, aka Thanksgiving, and Friday, Nov. 29, aka Black Friday.

But the good news is that the city is not completely shut down on Friday, most importantly there is still garbage, recycling, bulk trash and yard waste pick up on Friday. Those whose collection day is Thursday, however, need to remember to put their refuse out on the street a day early, because the Thursday, Nov. 28 pickup will be on Wednesday, Nov. 27.

Mayor Nancy Vaughan has spoken several times about how difficult it has been to get information to people about changes in recycling. It seems like it would be nearly impossible to get the message out that garbage pickup was a day early. If it’s a day late then all those (meaning me) who forget can leave their bins out there for another day, but if pickup is a day early and you forget, you have to wait an entire week.

Both the White Street Landfill and the Solid Waste Transfer Station at 6310 Burnt Poplar Road will also be closed Thursday, and open on Friday.

The Greensboro Public Library system and the Greensboro History Museum are closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29 but reopen on a regular schedule on Saturday, Nov. 30.

There is no GTA (bus) or SCAT (paratransit) service on Thursday, Nov. 28 and both GTA and SCAT will run on a Saturday schedule on Friday, Nov. 29.

The Sportsplex, Cultural Center, City Arts, Caldcleugh Multicultural Arts Center and the Parks and Recreation offices are closed Thursday and Friday.

The city recreation centers including the Smith Active Adult Center, Simkins Indoor Sports Pavilion at Barber Park and the Barber Park Event Center are closed from Thursday, Nov. 28 through Sunday, Dec. 1.

Gillespie Golf Course, Lake Townsend, Lake Brandt and Lake Higgins are closed Thursday and open Friday.

Barber, Hester and Keeley parks are closed Thursday and open Friday.

Country Park will close after the final straggler finishes the “Gobbler Run” on Thanksgiving and reopen on Friday.