FREE Thanksgiving Community Events

In our hectic, fast-paced, consumer-driven society, it’s common to feel overwhelmed, isolated and alone. Many are re-discovering the healing and empowering role that community can bring to our lives. The sense of belonging we feel when we make the time to take an active role in our communities can give us a deeper sense of meaning and purpose.
— Robert Alan

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ThanksGiving 2009

1) Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts for Families with Children ages 5-13
November 13th, 4-5pm
Van Ness Child Care Center
5720 Second Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043
Contact Lisa Perez (323) 290-3130

2) Thanksgiving Feast (with Food Giveaway, Free Dinner, and Door Prizes)
November 19th, 4-6pm
Mount Carmel Recreation Center
830 West 70th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90044
Contact Jose Nevarez (323) 789-2756

3) Thanksgiving Dinner and Entertainment for All Ages
November 19th, 6-8pm
Lanark Recreation Center
21816 Lanark Street, Canoga Park, CA 91304
Contact Juan Aynat (818) 883-1503

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~Margaret Mead

4) Thanksgiving Feast for All Ages
November 19th, 5-7pm
Algin Sutton Child Care Center
8800 South Hoover St., Los Angeles, CA 90044
Contact Jennifer Quarterman (323) 565-2541

5) Thanksgiving Program for All Ages (Turkey Basketball Shoot, Prizes, Pie Eating Contest)
November 19th, 6-8pm
Chevy Chase Recreation Center
4165 Chevy Chase Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Contact Bobby Hockless (213) 485-4867

6) Potluck Thanksgiving Dinner for Families
November 20th, 6-7:30pm
Loren Miller Child Care Center
2717 South Halldale Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90018
Contact Clarice Lashley (323) 734-4386

7) Thanksgiving Dinner for All Ages
November 21st, 6-8pm
Fred Roberts Recreation Center
4700 Honduras Street, Los Angeles, CA 90011
Contact David Olivera (323) 234-8650

8) Thanksgiving Harvest Dinner for Families in the Community
November 21st, 5pm
South Park Recreation Center, 345 East 51st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90011
Contact Brian Cox (213) 847-6746

9)  Thanksgiving Meal and Festivities For Seniors
November 21st, 10am-12:30pm
Sunland Senior Citizen Center
8640 Fenwick Avenue Sunland, CA 91040
(818)353-9574

10)  Union Rescue Mission Thanksgiving Celebration (Including Food and Entertainment)
November 21st, 11am-2pm
Union Rescue Mission
545 S. San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA 90013
San Pedro will be blocked off between 5th and 6th Streets
(213) 347-6300

“Every individual has a place to fill in the world and is important in some respect whether he chooses to be so or not.” ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

11)  Operation Gobbler
November 22nd, 11:30am-5pm
At Friends in Deed House, Sponsored by the Pasadena Jaycees
444 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA
Free Thanksgiving ingredients for families in need.

12)  Thanksgiving Lunch for the Community
November 22nd, 1-4pm
Salvation Army Los Angeles Central Corps Community Center
906 S. Francisco St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Contact Captain Lex Giron (213) 896-9178

13)  Thanksgiving Dinner for Families with Children ages 5-12
November 23rd, 4-6pm
Banning Child Care Center
1331 Eubank Avenue, Wilmington, CA 90744
Contact Susan Alvarez (310) 548-7726

14)  San Pedro Turkey Giveaway
November 24th, 1-3pm
Salvation Army San Pedro Corps Community Center
138 S. Bandini Ave, San Pedro, CA 90731
Contact Captain Vera Villanea (310) 832-7228

15)  Annual Jackson Limousine Turkey Giveaway
November 24th, 8am (line starts at 5am)
First come, first served
Sponsored by Jackson Limousine and other local businesses
3669 W. Slauson Ave, Los Angeles (between Hillcrest and Deane)

16)  Turkey Shoot (Basketball Game competing for Turkeys)
November 24th, 6-7pm
Las Palmas Senior Citizen Center
1820 North Las Palmas, Hollywood, CA 90068
Contact Richard Enriquez (323) 465-7787

17)  Thanksgiving Dinner and Crafts for Families with Children ages 5-12
November 24th, 4-7pm
St. Andrews Recreation Center
8701 St. Andrews Place, Los Angeles, CA 90047
Contact Greg Glenn (213) 485-1751

“We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone . . . and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something.” ~Sandra Day O’Connor

18)  Thanksgiving Potluck and Turkey Giveaway For All Ages
November 24th, 10am
Watts Senior Citizen Center
1657 East Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90002
Contact Toni Hester at (323) 564-9440

19) Thanksgiving Celebration for Seniors with Entertainment and Refreshments
November 24th, 11am-3pm
South Los Angeles Sports Activity Center
7020 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90043
Contact Deanna Montjoy (323) 758-8716

20) Thanksgiving Feast
November 24th, 11:30am-2pm
Mid-Valley Senior Citizen Center
8801 Kester Avenue, Panorama City, CA 91402
Contact Valeria Busch (818) 892-0892

21) FAME Church Turkey Giveaway
FAME (First African Methodist Episcopal) Church
November 24th, call for time
2270 S. Harvard St, Los Angeles, CA 90018
Contact (323) 730-7750

22) Red Shield Annual Thanksgiving Eve Dinner For 1,500 at the Staples Center
November 25th, 6pm
The Staples Center, located in a large tent above the West parking structure on Chick Hern Court
Sponsored by the Staples Center, AEG, Salvation Army, ARAMARK, City Year, Pico-Union Neighborhood Council, Majestic Realty Foundation
Contact Robert Brennan (213) 553-3268

23) Anaheim Thanksgiving Dinner for Families
November 25th, 2-5pm
Salvation Army Anaheim Temple Corps Community Center
210 E. Cypress Street, Anaheim, CA 92805
Contact Matilde Esparaza (714) 778-5462

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

24) Third Annual Pomona Thanksgiving Dinner for All
November 25th, 5-7pm
Salvation Army Pomona Corps Community Center
490 E. La Verne Ave, Pomona, CA 91767
Contact Liz Deras or Claudia Sparrow (909) 623-1579

25) Westside Thanksgiving Celebration
November 26th, 11am-3pm
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
1855 Main St., Santa Monica CA
Call to volunteer: (310) 394-3153

26) 31st Annual Thanksgiving at the Laugh Factory (Free Dinner and Comedy Shows)
November 26th, shows at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm
The Laugh Factory Hollywood
8001 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046
Reservations Recommended (323) 656-1336

27) Free Thanksgiving Dinner at Beacon House Association of San Pedro
November 26th, 11am-2pm
1003 S. Beacon Street, San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 514-4940

28) 3rd Annual Free Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner
November 26th, 12pm
Chino United Methodist Church
5201 Riverside Dr, Chino CA 91710
Call to volunteer: Steve or Cori Cuadras (909) 591-5807

29) Santa Ana Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner for All
November 26th, 10am-12pm
Salvation Army Santa Ana Temple
1710 W. Edinger Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92704
Contact Major Antonio or Aide Horta (714) 545-2937

30) Compton Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner for Families
November 26th, 10am-1pm
Salvation Army Compton Community Center
736 E. Compton Blvd, Compton, CA 90220

“I truly believe that individuals can make a difference in society. Since periods of change such as the present one come so rarely in human history, it is up to each of us to make the best use of our time to help create a happier world.” ~Dalai Lama

31) Oxnard/Port Hueneme Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner for All
November 26th, 11am-1pm
Salvation Army Oxnard/Port Hueneme Community Center
622 W. Wooley Road, Oxnard, CA 93032
Contact David Buchta (805) 483-9235

32) Pasadena Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner for All
November 26th, 12-2pm
Salvation Army Pasadena Corps Community Center
960 East Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91106
Contact Pat Riley (626) 773-4404

33) Glendale Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner for All
November 26th, 12-2pm
Salvation Army Glendale Corps Community Center
320 W. Windsor Rd, Glendale, CA 91204
Contact Rick White (818) 246-5586

34) Torrance Thanksgiving Day Luncheon for Seniors and Veterans
November 26th, 12pm
Salvation Army Torrance Corps Community Center
4223 Emerald St, Torrance, CA 90503
Contact Majors Julio and Karen Vasquez (310) 370-4515

35) San Pedro Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner for Families
November 26th, 1-3pm
Salvation Army San Pedro Corps Community Center
138 S. Bandini Ave, San Pedro, CA 90731
Contact Captain Vera Villanea (310) 832-7228

36) LIFE Choir Annual Thanksgiving Day Feast (Free Food and Entertainment)
November 26th, 11am-4pm
Sponsored by LIFE Choir, Inc.
In the Park Gym
1122 N. Cole Ave, Hollywood, CA 90038

“The American city should be a collection of communities where every member has a right to belong. It should be a place where every man feels safe on his streets and in the house of his friends. It should be a place where each individual’s dignity and self-respect is strengthened by the respect and affection of his neighbors. It should be a place where each of us can find the satisfaction and warmth which comes from being a member of the community of man. This is what man sought at the dawn of civilization. It is what we seek today.” ~ Lyndon B. Johnson

thanks for the info Barry :)

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