Holiday dinners on tap |

Holiday dinners on tap

The annual Truckee community Thanksgiving dinner is scheduled for Thursday, beginning at 2 p.m., at the High Sierra Senior Citizens Center on Estates Drive.

Organizer Don “Slug” Brown said volunteers are still needed to assist in serving the traditional Thanksgiving meal and for cleanup afterward. For information, call 587-3591. Serving volunteers should be at the center by 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

The dinner began about 20 years ago as an event for Truckee’s senior citizens, but has become a gathering for all who are alone for the Thanksgiving holiday. The food is prepared and served by volunteers from the community.

“If you don’t have a place to go, or don’t want to cook for just the two of you, come on out,” Brown said. “We don’t charge for the dinner, but we do accept donations.”

Dinner this year will be a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, with turkey and dressing.

Donations will be accepted at the dinner, and collection cans have also been placed at Safeway, Lucky and Longs, Mountain Hardware and other sites in the downtown area.

North Shore dinner

Another free Thanksgiving dinner is being hosted in Kings Beach, by the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation and the Tahoe Family Worship Center, led by Rabbi Yitzchak Nadler and Pastor Stephen Hughes.

“Some in our community are alone by choice, many are alone not by choice but because a death in the family,” Pastor Hughes and Rabbi Nadler said.

Their two congregations have come together to provide a Thanksgiving feast and family warmth for those left alone on Thanksgiving, including turkeys, pies, stuffing, dinner rolls and much more from merchants in the North Lake Tahoe community.

The food will be prepared by chefs from North Shore and the Truckee area, and church members from both congregations will wait on diners, bus the tables, assist the chefs and welcome guests. Over 300 guests are expected.

“Let us not forget that Thanksgiving is about religious freedom, and providing balm to those who are hungry or lonely,” said the two clergy. “The response for our members, the business community and the artisans and professionals has been truly overwhelming and heartwarming.”

The dinner will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday.

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