Volunteers at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Port Townsend busily prep vegetables for the seventh annual Thanksgiving meal, part of its Just Soup program. Dinner will be served today beginning at 11:30 a.m. Members of the Choppers include, from left, Allegra McFarland, Norma Van Valkenburg, Mark Adams, Barney Truman, Herb Tracy and Kathy Ryan. (Jeannie McMacken/for Peninsula Daily News)

Volunteers at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Port Townsend busily prep vegetables for the seventh annual Thanksgiving meal, part of its Just Soup program. Dinner will be served today beginning at 11:30 a.m. Members of the Choppers include, from left, Allegra McFarland, Norma Van Valkenburg, Mark Adams, Barney Truman, Herb Tracy and Kathy Ryan. (Jeannie McMacken/for Peninsula Daily News)

Thanksgiving comes early at two Peninsula sites

Two free community Thanksgiving feasts on the North Olympic Peninsula are scheduled on Thanksgiving eve.

The Salvation Army in Port Angeles will serve a free community meal from noon to 2 p.m. today at the soup kitchen building at 123 S. Peabody St.

Mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, turkey, green beans and pie will be served.

Last year, the Salvation Army fed about 200 people at its Thanksgiving eve feast.

Volunteers are welcome.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to call Hillary Clark at 360-452-7679.

Also today, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Port Townsend will host a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in the parish hall from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The free dinner, now in its eighth year, will be held at the church, 1020 Jefferson St.

Meat eaters, as well as vegans and vegetarians, can partake in a traditional hot meal with homemade desserts and conversation at this communitywide event.

The dinner is made possible by parishioners and community members who donate food, cash and their time, according to a news release.

St. Paul’s usually offers its “Just Soup” lunch service Wednesdays, but the full meal will replace the lunch service.

For more information, call 360-385-0770 or email [email protected]

Here are community feasts planned for Thanksgiving Day on the North Olympic Peninsula:

PORT ANGELES

Thanksgiving feast

PORT ANGELES — Members of the public are invited to Queen of Angels Catholic Church’s 10th annual community Thanksgiving dinner Thursday.

The dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the church’s gymnasium, 209 W. 11th St.

Warm clothes including coats, hats and gloves will be available for those who need them.

Santa will make a surprise visit to distribute gifts during the event, event organizers said.

For more information, call 360-457-0814.

SEQUIM

Community dinner

SEQUIM — The Olympic Peninsula Healthy Community Coalition will host a community Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday.

Participants were urged to RSVP by last Saturday at 360-797-0212.

The free dinner is open to the public at the Sequim unit of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula, 400 W. Fir St.

Attendees can arrive dressed in finery for a free family Christmas photo.

A special games area will be available for children.

For those who need assistance to and from the dinner, free transportation is available. To arrange, call 360-797-0212.

Church dinner

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

Reservations are required to ensure enough food is prepared.

To place a reservation, call the church at 360-683-5367 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. today or Wednesday, or email [email protected]

The free dinner is part of Trinity’s community dinner program.

Dinners normally are served the last Thursday of each month.

Due to other holiday season activities, there will be no dinner in December, event organizers said.

Free meal

SEQUIM — Hardy’s Market will offer a free traditional Thanksgiving meal Thursday.

The complimentary traditional meal will be offered while supplies last beginning at 11 a.m. at the market, 10200 Old Olympic Highway.

Meals can be dine-in or takeout, one per person.

Event organizers request that no one come early.

For more information, call 360-582-0240.

CHIMACUM

Tri-Area feast

CHIMACUM — A community feast is planned at the Tri-Area Community Center on Thanksgiving Day.

The turkey dinner with all the trimmings will be served from noon to 3 p.m. at the center, 10 West Valley Road.

The dinner is free, though donations are welcome at the door.

Dinners are available for those who are homebound. To have a dinner delivered, call 360-390-4014, ext. 4, to place your name on the list.

With previous dinners, volunteers have been sought for various positions, but this year, event organizer Rita Hubbard said the event has “plenty of volunteers.”

Volunteers are still needed for the Monday, Dec. 25, Christmas dinner. To inquire about volunteering, call 360-390-4014, ext. 4.

FORKS

Feeding 5,000

FORKS — All are welcome at the Forks Community Center to the Feeding 5,000 Thanksgiving dinner Thursday.

The free feast will be available until 4 p.m. at the center, 91 Maple Ave.

For more information, call Laura Lafernz at 360-374-4093.

BRINNON

Free dinner, potluck

BRINNON — Members of the public are invited to bring their friends, family and neighbors for a free Thanksgiving dinner at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Reservations are required to the dinner at the Brinnon Community Center, 306144 U.S. Highway 101. To place a reservation, call 360-796-4350 or stop by the center and sign the sign-up sheet.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share.

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