Thanksgiving dinner open to all

Giving thanks for a community meal
By: Bruce Warren Journal Staff Writer
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The Thanksgiving Day dinner Thursday at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn is not just for those who are down and out. Traditionally, it’s been a place where Auburn residents, friends and family gather and enjoy each other’s company. That’s been the case for Curt Smith for the past 10 years. “I was a single parent here in Auburn for years and it was a place where my daughter and I could go,” said Smith, a director with the Auburn Recreation District. “No matter where we sat down, people were friendly and talkative,” Smith said. “The food was more than you could eat and very scrumptious. We always enjoyed it. You just show up and partake of the good food.” If you are wondering what time to show up, The Salvation Army volunteeers will be serving meals from noon to 2 p.m. Michelle Talbott, social services director at The Salvation Army, expects that 1,500 to 3,000 meals will be served Thursday afternoon. “The whole community is invited,” Talbott said. “All are invited - seniors, homeless and families. Come and enjoy the breaking of bread and fellowship. If someone cannot make it to the fairgrounds, we will deliver meals.” Some 300 meals will be delivered to shut-ins. Those requesting a delivered meal can call Delona at 530-305-9458. Besides the meal at the fairgrounds, Calvary Chapel of Auburn will serve a free community Thanksgiving dinner today from 5 to 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room at 1101 Auburn Ravine Road. The church has been hosting this meal for more than five years, according to assistant pastor Todd Gold. “We’ve typically had from 300 to 400 people,” Gold said. “We have the dinners over a period of time and people come and go. We know there are tough times now and a lot of people might not have family. Anybody who would like to join us is welcome.” The church has collected jackets for all ages. Clothing for children 3 and under will also be available during the meal hours. Further information can be obtained by calling the church at (530) 885-6332. For those attending the Thanksgiving Day dinner at the fairgrounds, Talbott advised that parking at the main lot will be limited. Visitors can try the upper parking lot off of Sacramento Street, Talbott said.