The cost of a Thanksgiving dinner has risen about 9 percent this year compared to last year, according to the Arizona Farm Bureau.

A turkey dinner with all the trimmings is expected to cost $44.17 for an Arizona family of 10, or around $4.42 per person, according to the Farm Bureau, an independent organization that represents farms and ranches throughout the state. That's an increase of $3.70 over the 2009.

However, this year's meal would be $8.64 cheaper than what shoppers paid two years ago, when the total was $52.81, according to the Farm Bureau.

The 2010 Thanksgiving meal cost estimate is the result of the Farm Bureau's annual informal survey of the prices of basic food items found on the Thanksgiving dinner table. The shopping list includes turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray including carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream plus coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10.

Local groceries stores will be open at least part of the day on Thanksgiving. Safeway Market will be open from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, while Fry's will be open 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Bashas' from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Some city of Phoenix services will be suspended or curtailed. City offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday.

City buses, METRO Light Rail and Dial-a-Ride will operate on a Sunday service schedule on Thursday and Friday, while RAPID/Express and DASH services will not operate on those days.

There will be no garbage collection on Thursday. Thursday collections will move to Friday and Friday collections will move to Saturday. The 27th Avenue and North Gateway solid waste transfer stations will be closed Thursday and will reopen on Friday.

All library branches will be closed Thursday and Friday. Parking meters will be free on Thursday.

The Ahwatukee Foothills News will be closed on Thursday, but will reopen on Friday.

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