Giving Thanks


Church Hosts Potluck Feast

Carvers at work during a previous Thanksgiving Day supper.
Carvers at work during a previous Thanksgiving Day supper.

Bring a favorite holiday dish and join friends and neighbors at noon Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, for Laguna Beach’s long-standing communal feast at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, on St. Ann’s Drive.

All are welcome to participate in this annual holiday celebration as unique as the community that created it.

“Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days in this community!” said Dawn Price, executive director of Friendship Shelter, which co-hosts the event. “It’s a unique celebration where everyone is encouraged to come and share a meal among neighbors and friends.”

An estimated 600 to 700 meals are served buffet style, with food and supplies provided by individuals, churches, and community groups. Long buffet tables hold culinary contributions by almost every individual or family who attends, providing a wide variety of Thanksgiving staples. A small army of carvers work to cut up hot turkeys and hams, and volunteers organize the display. Another group of volunteers prepare bag lunches that are given to homeless people and other needy members of our community to take home.

Donations of food – especially prepared and cooked turkeys – are needed. Food donors are encouraged to stay and share the meal. While the mean begins at noon, food donations are accepted from 11 a.m. on.

For further info or to volunteer, contact Kristin Points at Friendship Shelter, 949-494-6928 or [email protected] To donate a turkey, contact Mary LaRusso, 949-497-5641 or [email protected]


Christian Science Church to Hold Thanksgiving Service

Robert Hoyt
Robert Hoyt

The public is welcome as the Christian Science Church, 635 High Dr., opens its door at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, for its annual Thanksgiving service.

Jane Morton and Judith Frutig will conduct the service supported by organist Eveline Eng and singer Robert Hoyt.




Sponsor a Marine for a Thanksgiving Feast

            The Dana Point Fifth Marine Regiment support group is seeking sponsors for Thanksgiving dinner for Marines who are readying for another deployment to the Middle East and cannot go home to their families.

The dinner will be hosted at Waterman’s Harbor in Dana Point by Damian Collins and the Collins Family.  A Marine, or a Marine and his family will receive a full meal, open bar, dessert, entertainment and raffle prizes for just a $35 donation from a sponsor. “It is a simple way to show gratitude for the many sacrifices they and their families make and to turn what could otherwise be a lonely day into a family affair,” said Terry Rifkin, president of the DP5MRSG.

Donations may be made online, via a secure PayPal site or by sending a check to: The Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group
Attention: Thanksgiving for Marines, P.O. Box 471, Dana Point, Calif. 92629.


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