The day to give thanks is just a week and a half away and so it is now time to start planning what you will do to celebrate it. Will you cook a family meal at home? Go out for a nice dinner instead? Skip the turkey all together? Take some time to feed the less fortunate? Whatever the case, we are listing some events below to help you plan.
Help others through “Thanksgiving Dinner in the Park” – This event has been going on for decades at Pasadena’s Central Park (219 S. Fair Oaks Avenue), and it will happen again on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hundreds of people will be fed a holiday meal at no cost, thanks to many people volunteering either time or resources. You can still participate by donating money to this cause. Visit http://www.unionstationhs.org
Enjoy a delicious “Thanksgiving Feast” at Descanso Gardens” – The chefs of the Patina Group are serving a lavish Thanksgiving brunch buffet in the Van de Kamp Hall at Descanso Gardens both at 11:30 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m. Tickets range $20 to $57. They will take reservations up to Wednesday, Nov. 26, at noon. Follow this link to reserve and see the menu – http://patinagroup.com/cart/descanso_gardens/descanso_gardens.php
Thanksgiving lunch at the Pasadena Senior Center – Members and community friends are welcomed to this lunch prepared by Chef Vince that will be served by volunteers at the Center (85 E. Holly St.) at noon. It is only $12, but you must reserve at the Center’s Welcome Desk by Monday, Nov. 24.
No turkey for you? Join the Tofurky Trot at the Rose Bowl – If you are a vegetarian or a vegan, join in with many others for the 5k run, trot, or walk, that will happen at the Rose Bowl (1001 Rose Bowl Drive) from 9 a.m. to noon. You’ll get vegan snacks and drinks, t-shirts, and prizes. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12.50 for 18 and under. Purchase them at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tofurky-trot-2014-rose-bowl-tickets-11578065305?aff=es2&rank=31
Eat, drink, be merry. And also be thoughtful of the meaning of the holiday. Then, the following morning, you will wake up officially in the “holiday season,” and Old Pasadena wants to help put you and yours in the proper spirit.
Old Pasadena’s “Home of the Holidays” will start on Holly St., between Fair Oaks and Raymond Ave., at 4 p.m. with 20 tons of sparkling snow, a kid’s craft village, Santa for pictures, holiday music, and more. A holiday kick-off party will start at 6 p.m. at One Colorado (41 Hugus Alley) with more of the above. See http://www.oldpasadena.org/holiday/ for details.