LA sets out welcome mat for Thanksgiving

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By Tris DeRoma

Los Alamos County takes care of its own, and the holidays are no exception.

This Thanksgiving, Elks Lodge 2083, in conjunction with the American Legion Post 90, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874 Knights of Columbus 3137 and others, will be having their annual “Thanksgiving for the Community” dinner.

The dinner is an event where those who don’t like to cook, can’t cook, or perhaps have no one to cook for, can go and have a good time and meet other people.

Families and children are welcome, and there will be football on TV. Adults also can purchase cocktails at the bar.

Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until the food runs out. The menu will include apple wood smoked turkey, slow roasted turkey, smoked ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, corn, yeast rolls, and assorted desserts. Coffee, iced tea and lemonade will be available.

According to event organizers, about 200 to 300 people are expected to attend. People of all ages are invited to the free meal.

“One of our biggest things is community, and giving back to the community that we live in and serve,” Elks Lodge member Ben Bouman said. 

Earlier this month, the Los Alamos Laboratory and its employees donated about 300 turkeys to the Santa Fe Food Depot. The turkeys and other food items the lab employees donated will be redistributed to its regional partners, which include LA Cares in Los Alamos County.

The county’s two senior centers, The Betty Ehart Center in Los Alamos and the White Rock Senior Center, also have plans for the season. Though both centers will be closed on Thanksgiving, the centers do have special, free, holiday lunches planned at the centers in December.

“It’s one of several special meals we have in the month of December, so we look forward to welcoming people on those days, and everyday that they would like to come and dine with us,” Los Alamos Senior and Retired Organization Director Pauline Schneider said.

White Rock Senior Center will have it’s lunch on Dec. 8, and the Betty Ehart Center will have its lunch on Dec. 15. Both start times are 11:30 a.m. The lunches are sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank, and employees of the bank will be doing the serving.

“That’s one of the things I think people really like is that they don’t have to go through the line with their trays on those days,” Schneider said.

Tickets are still available. Call the Betty Ehart Center for more information at 662-8920.