Thanksgiving meals for the needy and for the community are planned for Wednesday and Thursday, November 23rd and 24th, at a number of facilities in the local area. There are opportunities abound to get involved with the different groups as a volunteer or to simply share a Thanksgiving meal.

OPCC BOXED LUNCH — A free boxed Thanksgiving lunch of hot turkey and ham with traditional trimmings and pumpkin pie, will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, November 23rd, at OPCC, 1616 Seventh St., Santa Monica. OPCC provides shelter, showers and other services for low-income youths, adults and families. The center welcomes donations of food, clothing and personal hygiene items.

Information, (310) 450-4050.

ST. MONICA DINNER — The 26th annual Thanksgiving dinner will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 23rd, at St. Monica Catholic Church, 725 California Ave., Santa Monica.

“This is like a big open house for the community,” says St. Monica pastoral associate Delis Alejandro.

Guests will line up at the parish auditorium at Eighth Street and California Avenue for the free meal.

After dinner, each guest is given a coupon to get clothing from St. Monica’s thrift store.

A free shuttle will be available starting at 2:30 p.m. at the southwest corner of Rose and Fourth Avenues in Venice, next to the public storage facility near St. Joseph Center.

Donations of blankets and cold-weather gear such as raincoats and umbrellas are welcome.

Information, (310) 393-9287 ext. 331.

SANTA MONICA CIVIC — A free meal and community Thanksgiving celebration is planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, November 24th, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica.

The celebration has been a yearly tradition since 1982.

The meal will be served inside the auditorium, and children’s activities will be set up outside on the auditorium grounds.

The event draws students, singles, seniors, low-income individuals and many families, according to organizers.

Free haircuts will also be offered beginning at 9 a.m.

Live bands provide holiday and religious music.

Donations of clothing, blankets and food are requested and volunteers are needed both on Thanksgiving and on Wednesday, November 23rd.

Information, (310) 394-3153.

BIBLE TABERNACLE — An annual free Thanksgiving turkey meal will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, November 24th, at the Bible Tabernacle, 1761 Washington Way, Venice. All are welcome.

Information, (310) 821-6116.

SENIOR THANKSGIVING — Back on Broadway Restaurant will partner with the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Senior Recreation Center to host a Thanksgiving dinner for seniors ages 50 and older. Back on Broadway Restaurant is at 2024 Broadway, Santa Monica. Meal tickets are $2, and can be purchased in advance at the Santa Monica Senior Recreation Center, 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica.

Mealtimes are 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and limited seating is available.

Information, (310) 458-8644.

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