Thanksgiving feasts start today on Peninsula
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Volunteer cooks, from left, Robin Prentice, Jean Kruyger and Michael Hatch slice vegetables Tuesday in preparation for today’s community dinner, slated for lunchtime at the Salvation Army kitchen at Second and Peabody streets in Port Angeles.

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Thanksgiving will start early in Port Angeles and Port Townsend, with two community meals set today.

Other free community feasts throughout the North Olympic Peninsula are set for Thursday.

Public feasts today

Today's meals, which are free and open to the public, are set at the Salvation Army in Port Angeles and at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Port Townsend.

The Salvation Army at 206 S. Peabody St., Port Angeles, traditionally hosts its public meal on Thanksgiving Eve.

It expects to feed 200 people at the feast from noon to 4 p.m.

Volunteers are welcome to help with the meal.

For more information, phone 360-452-7679.

The special free meal at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1020 Jefferson St., Port Townsend, takes the place of its regular Wednesday soup service.

It will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature turkey and all the trimmings.

Linda McKenzie, organizer and cook, expects 100 to 125 people at the dinner, the church's fourth.

For more information, phone 360-385-0770.

Thanksgiving Day

On Thanksgiving Day, a plethora of public feasts are planned on the Peninsula:


Queen of Angels

PORT ANGELES — The sixth annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be served in the Queen of Angels gym, 209 W. 11th St., from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Doors will open for the traditional Thanksgiving meal at 11 a.m.

The dinner is free and open to the public.

Attendees will receive a gift ticket when they enter and can select an item from a gift table at the event. Coats, hats and gloves will be distributed to the needy.

A visit from Santa Claus is set for noon to 2 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to help with the meal, and donations of food, gifts and coats, hats and gloves are sought.

For more information, phone organizer Reath Ellefson at 360-460-3558.


Thanksgiving RSVPs

SEQUIM — A dinner will be served at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave., at 4 p.m.

The meal will include turkey, dressing, vegetables, salads, cranberries, desserts and beverages.

Reservations are requested to ensure enough food is prepared and may be made by phoning the church at 360-683-5367 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday before the dinner or by email to

The church normally presents free community dinners on the last Thursday of each month, but because of the Christmas season, no dinner is planned in December.

Harvest dinner set

SEQUIM — Sunshine Cafe will present its 11th annual Free Harvest Dinner from noon to 5 p.m.

Donations for Project Violet will be accepted in memory of Violet O'Dell, who died from a rare brain cancer in October 2012 when she was 11 years old.

Reservations to the cafe at 360-683-4282 are suggested.

Hardy's hosts feast

SEQUIM — Hardy's Market, 10200 Old Olympic Highway, will serve a free dinner from 11 a.m. until supplies are gone.

The meal is to thank customers for their support.

A meal is also planned for Christmas Eve.

For more information, phone the market at 360-582-0240.


Tri-Area feast

CHIMACUM — The annual dinner at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, will be held from noon to 3 p.m.

The meal is sponsored by the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church and Olympic Community Action Programs.

The menu includes turkey, ham, salad, rolls, carrots, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, coffee, tea and pumpkin pie.

If you need a meal delivered to your home or want to volunteer, phone 360-385-2571, ext. 6357.


Brinnon meal slated

BRINNON — A community feast is planned at the Brinnon Community Center, 306144 U.S. Highway 101, at 3 p.m.

Turkey, dressing, gravy and mashed potatoes will be provided.

Participants are encouraged to bring side dishes such as salads, desserts and beverages.

A crowd is expected, as two restaurants normally open for Thanksgiving will be closed.

The meal is free and open to the public, and no one will be turned away.

To RSVP, phone 360-796-4350 as soon as possible.


Forks churches' meal

FORKS — A free dinner will be held at the Forks Community Center, 91 Maple St., from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The meal is free and open to the public.

It is sponsored by the churches of Forks.

Those wishing to donate food items or monetary donations can drop them off at the community center kitchen from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Last modified: November 26. 2013 5:54PM
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