Foodie news: Boys andamp; Girls Club Thanksgiving, Project MANA and community potluck events

Sun staff report

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; The Boys andamp; Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe will hold its third annual Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday, Nov. 17, 5-7 p.m. at the Club facilities in Kings Beach.andamp;#8220;In year one this began as a special occasion for Club families but it soon gained support and last year the Club served more than 350 meals to Club families and community residents,andamp;#8221; said Club Director Isabelle Rodriguez Wilson. andamp;#8220;Our goal this year is to serve 500 Thanksgiving dinners to our Club families, community residents and Club non-profit partners.andamp;#8221; There is no cost for the dinner and all are welcome to meet friends and families at this fun community event.To donate and prepare a turkey or ham or bring a dessert, contact Mindy Carbajal at 530-546-4324 or e-mail her at in 1997, the Boys andamp; Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe is a non-profit youth development organization located in Kings Beach. The Club offers before- and after-school programs and activities, holiday programs, summer camps and sports leagues for children 5-18. The cost of membership is purposefully kept low, at $50 per year to allow all children the opportunity to have a safe, positive place to learn and grow. For more information on the Club, visit The Boys andamp; Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe is a charter of the Boys andamp; Girls Clubs of America but is an independent organization managed by a local board and financially supported by local donations.Letandamp;#8217;s Talk TurkeyProject MANAandamp;#8217;s annual Thanksgiving distribution for families in need will take place Saturday, Nov. 19. Last year, 600 households were able to provide a Thanksgiving meal for their families, thanks to the communityandamp;#8217;s generosity. Because of the economy, Project MANA is expecting to serve even more families this year. Distributions in Truckee, Incline Village and Kings Beach include a frozen turkey and all the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal.For $25 you can sponsor a family, send checks or donate online at Donations of turkeys are also appreciated. Drop-off points for donated turkeys are the Project MANA office at 948 Incline Way in the Donald W. Reynolds Community Nonprofit Center, High Sierra Gardens Nursery and, in Truckee, at the Community Food and Resource Center, 10111 E. Street. Donated turkeys need to be received by Nov. 18. Turkeys received after this deadline will be used for the Christmas program with churches. For more information, please contact Project MANA at 530-582-4079 or 775-298-0008.Schools to help Project MANADuring the month of November Project MANA is collecting can food to help support families in need. Please join in and help support the quality of the community. Drop off canned goods to any of the Truckee schools (Truckee Elementary, Glenshire, Alder Creek, and of course, Truckee High). Accepting donations until Nov. 16.Food and clothing driveNorth Tahoe Hebrew Congregation Food and Clothing Program. Drop off winter clothing (boots, hats, scarves, gloves, coats), childrenandamp;#8217;s books and non-perishable food at the North Tahoe Hebrew Community Center and Synagogue located at 7000 Latone Blvd. in Tahoe Vista. Items need to be dropped off by Dec. 10.Tahoe Community Thanksgiving potluck CelebrationThursday, Nov. 24, 1-5 p.m. This inaugural event will be held at the North Tahoe Event Center, with core traditional foods provided by volunteers (turkeys, potatoes, yams). Bring your family and favorite Thanksgiving food to share. Volunteers will keep the kids entertained with a Kids Corner, coloring and games, music. Bilingual event. This is an outreach to the hungry, homeless and lonely, cleverly disguised as a community celebration, because nobody really wants to admit to being hungry homeless and lonely! Itandamp;#8217;s all about community and gratitude. Volunteers are wanted. The event concept began with the small collaborative United for Action, a partnership of faith-based and nonprofit organizations in North Lake Tahoe. This is a springboard for Tahoe community dinners February through March. Call Meera at 775-230-1066 for more information or to volunteer.Dragonfly December special supports local businessesTis the season of giving! After your holiday shopping at any of the wonderful shops in downtown Truckee, an excellent discounted meal awaits you at Dragonfly. Simply present a receipt showing an expenditure of $25 or more at a local business establishment, and 25 percent will be taken off an entire tableandamp;#8217;s lunch or dinner bill for the food items (not valid on alcohol purchases). Dragonfly Restaurant wants to encourage visitors and locals to support the downtown Truckee merchants with this holiday special, valid Dec. 1-20.Dragonfly Restaurant and Sushi Bar is located upstairs at 10118 Donner Pass Road, right in the heart of downtown Truckee. Reservations for dinner are recommended at 530-587-0557. The Sushi Bar is first come, first served. Check out Dragonfly at or andamp;#8220;likeandamp;#8221; on Facebook.

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