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Tahoe Community Thanksgiving puts new twist on holiday

Staff report

TAHOE, Calif. — Are you looking for something different to do on Thanksgiving Day 2013? Are you tired of the same old family faces? Would you prefer that someone, anyone else, did the cooking, serving and clean-up? Do you want to go out but still crave leftovers for sandwiches on Friday?

We may just have the answer to the question you have been asking yourself "what am I going to do on Thanksgiving Day in North Lake Tahoe?" Join us at the third annual Tahoe Community Thanksgiving Celebration on Thanksgiving Day at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach from 2-6:30 p.m.

There will be food, fun and friendship for everyone of all ages. In 2012, more than 400 people volunteered, attended, ate, enjoyed and left thinking it was one of the most fun Thanksgivings they had ever experienced.

Organizers like to call it an "outreach to the hungry, lonely or homeless cleverly disguised as a community party, since no one wants to admit to being hungry, lonely or homeless."

Last year, attendees enjoyed such diverse foods as carne asada, tamales, barbecue ribs, corn chowder, and of course all the usual Thanksgiving fare of turkey, stuffing, potatoes and gravy. Foods were available for vegetarians; however, vegans were pretty much on their own. We even had some gluten-free dishes for the sensitive tummies out there.

Admission is by donation, and there are a variety of choices. Donations can be either non-perishable food for Project MANA, a new unwrapped toy, $2 per person or $5 per family, or you can volunteer to help the event, or bring something to share to add to the meal. Volunteers may come as early as noon for set up and stay as late at 8 p.m. for clean-up.

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Tahoe resident Meera Beser is organizer of the event. If you have any questions or want to donate money or ingredients, call her at 775-230-1066 or e-mail tahoecommunitythanksgiving@gmail.com.