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By Ron Kaye | November 24, 2011
If I had my way, Thanksgiving would become a weeklong holiday at least once a decade — a time to take stock of who and where we are, and where we are going. We would take our heads out of the clouds of our self-absorption, including the Internet "cloud. " We would turn off our cell phones and TVs. We'd put away our iPads and Kindles. We'd take a walk around the block and say hello to everyone we came across. We'd volunteer for some kind of community service for a day or two. We'd actually give thanks for what we have and celebrate the good in our lives.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | November 23, 2011
Today is Thanksgiving. On this uniquely American celebration of fellowship — coupled with appreciation for the blessings of life, liberty and sustenance — tens of millions of members of this great society are racing about preparing to get a jump on the so-called "Black Friday" shopping deals. Many major as well as minor retailers will either open Thursday at midnight or at various intervals on the clock in the dark of night preceding Friday morning. The national news is reporting that an employee of Target, the retail giant headquartered in Minneapolis that has plans for a midnight shopping debut on the eve of Thanksgiving, has circulated a petition with some 190,000 signatures requesting Target to reconsider its plans.
NEWS
November 21, 2001
Lolita Harper COSTA MESA -- It was a rare sight. Mercedes, sport-utility vehicles and other luxury cars lined Shalimar Street on Tuesday as members of the business community hosted a food drive in one of the city's most impoverished areas. Members of the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce hosted the Thanksgiving for Costa Mesa Food Drive at the Shalimar Learning Center for the third year in a row. The event was organized by CM900, a division of the chamber dedicated to community service.
NEWS
November 23, 2002
Think of Independence Day and you think of fireworks and hot dogs. Think of Valentine's Day and you think of millions of men running red lights to buy flowers and candy in time. For too many people, Christmas is a retail blur, a time when we are supposed to pause and reflect, but end up shopping and dropping. Labor Day and Veterans Day? Those mean a three-day weekend. And Mother's Day has been reduced by a conspiracy theory to an occasion invented by greeting card companies to boost sales.
NEWS
December 2, 2003
Husein Mashni There was no Turkey or dressing. No beautiful colors of fall or special holiday programs on television to remind me that it was Thanksgiving. In fact, here in Gaza, where I've lived for the past two years, most people have never even heard of Thanksgiving. In fact, even though Thanksgiving is one of my two favorite holidays -- the other being Easter -- I was oblivious that we were coming up on the fourth Thursday of November. And, I suppose, in a way, all these factors combined to make this the best Thanksgiving I've ever had. Weeks before, I had spent some time down in one of the most impoverished parts of the Gaza Strip with some friends of mine.
FEATURES
By By Greer Wylder | November 18, 2005
There's no place like home on Thanksgiving. Yet, planning the biggest home-cooked feast of the year is a huge undertaking. For simpler dining-out options, here are three local restaurants offering great dining choices, as well as one turkey-to-go option. For formal Thanksgiving dining, Chat Noir and Pinot Provence offer four course sit-down menus with choices for each course. The Clubhouse suits families and casual diners. It offers an expansive buffet, and even has a turkey-to-go-menu.
NEWS
November 6, 2004
AVIVA GOELMAN With fall's arrival, the brilliant colors of changing leaves and the cooler air are welcome. The rain is a blessing, as we desperately need it. In all, the season stirs thoughts of Thanksgiving preparations and the holidays soon following. We are certainly familiar with the well-known holiday celebrations of our culture. But it is also interesting to note several lesser-known holidays. November, for instance, represents a feast of holidays.
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By Mike Whitehead | November 19, 2009
I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week as this weather seems like summer, only a little chilly in the mornings. Oh well, time to release the holiday shoppers the day after the feast, and that signals that it is time to start decorating your boat for the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade (christmasboatparade.com christmasboatparade.com ). This year’s boat parade is going to be fabulous as each year I notice that the boaters’ imaginations and the festive decorations transform the boats into works of art. What a fine theme — “The Joys of Christmas Toys” — to let your creativity loose decorating your boat to win one of the awards.
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By Britney Barnes | November 21, 2011
COSTA MESA — Volunteers stuffed clear bags with potatoes, carrots, onions, pears and oranges on Saturday morning while others filled brown paper bags with nonperishable items like pinto beans, rice, canned soup and cereal. Later, the chicken or turkey, bread and dessert item will be added to the Thanksgiving food bags to be handed out to those in need. "These are families that are struggling that might not have chosen to have Thanksgiving because they didn't have the food," said Julie Larson, the manager of volunteers at Share Our Selves (SOS)
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By Amanda Pennington | November 24, 2006
Turkey was undoubtedly on everyone's mind Thursday as the dinner hour drew near, but the day didn't end in everyone sitting at the table as a relative carved the turkey at two local Thanksgiving events. For people who gathered Thursday at Native Foods in Costa Mesa, turkeys were on their mind, but not on the plate. The Thanksgiving staple was given a reprieve at the vegan and vegetarian restaurant, where guests were served a completely vegan meal. But for the people who ate at the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, also in Costa Mesa, a hot plate of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and the works were served with a warm community atmosphere.
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November 27, 2013
In honor of Thanksgiving, the Daily Pilot asked readers what are they thankful for. Below are their edited answers. As Thanksgiving approaches, what I am thankful for this year? Let me share and express my thanks: •I was breathing and, in general, feeling pretty healthy. •My wife gave me a kiss this morning and told me she loved me. •Both of my children have great jobs and are safe and well. •I am a citizen of a great nation, and I get to vote every year on how to make it better.
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From staff reports | November 26, 2013
A 13-year Thanksgiving tradition of giving along Shalimar Drive in Costa Mesa nearly went cold this year when the volunteers who provided the economically challenged area with free turkeys and side dishes could no longer continue. But THINK Together, a nonprofit provider of academic services, solicited help from the National Charity League, and the Newport Beach Chapter stepped in Sunday to provide fowl and fixings to the district's residents. "During a time when money remains tight and our Shalimar families continue to struggle, THINK Together's staff was very concerned that many families would have to go without this Thanksgiving," said Mia Evans, associate director of marketing and communications for THINK Together.
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By Jim Carnett | November 25, 2013
I have an Irish friend who considers Thanksgiving to be the best of America's holidays. "No other country gives thanks like the U.S. does," she told me. "It's uplifting. " I agree. Two of my most memorable Thanksgivings, however, were spent outside the boundaries of this good and grateful country. I spent the Thanksgivings of 1965 and 1966 in Seoul, South Korea. I, of course, missed my family back home, but the U.S. Army provided me with two unforgettable celebrations.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 23, 2013
David Huie stood by more than 150 frozen turkeys stacked next to him and handed them out one at a time to the men and women filling into The Lighthouse Church in Costa Mesa on Saturday. Since 4:30 that morning, families in need and elderly residents having trouble making ends meet lined up to get inside for a free farmers market just in time for Thanksgiving. Huie was surrounded by more than just turkeys, as cereal boxes, carrots, onions, other fresh produce biscuits and green beans - everything needed for a holiday meal - filled the room.
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By Rabbi Marc Gellman | November 22, 2013
Next week, I hope each of you will pause at your Thanksgiving table, before burying your faces in assorted carbs, to ask your fellow diners to name something or someone they are thankful for this year. In addition to family, friends, America and pie, here are some of my unconventional candidates for thanks and continued blessings this year. May God bless us one and all. I am thankful for soldiers carrying rice. The half a million homeless Filipinos and the millions still wandering in shock amid the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan have many nations expressing support in words.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Heidi Stevens, Tribune Newspapers | November 21, 2012
Parent advice From our panel of staff contributors: An elderly relative went to some extra lengths to provide foodstuffs for a younger vegan relative one recent holiday. The relative read the fine print on a cheese package labeled "vegetarian" and told our elder - apologetically - that it contained casein, which is an animal protein, and therefore she couldn't eat it. For that reason, it is good for the vegan (or her guardians) to bring some provisions and offer in advance to prepare and share them.
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By Jamie Rowe | November 20, 2012
Want the tryptophan-induced coma without all the work? Here are a few alternatives to preparing your own Thanksgiving meal. * Lobster or turkey Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., offers a three-course menu with items like Maine lobster chowder, slow-basted organic turkey, pumpkin tart and more for $75 for adults and $35 for children younger than 12, plus tax and gratuity. Soup's on from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call (714)
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | November 20, 2012
Kindergartners celebrated Thanksgiving at Adams Elementary School on Tuesday. Students chowed down on all the traditional fixings during the three kindergarten classes' annual Thanksgiving Feast. "We've been preparing for turkey time for weeks," said teacher Robyn Reese. "We do this every year as an annual tradition to teach the children about the Thanksgiving traditions, community and sharing. " Genesis, 4, and her mother, Erika Silva, agreed that Thanksgiving is about sharing with all types of people.
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By Patrice Apodaca | November 17, 2012
This week, we will join together in the spirit of gratitude and hopefulness as we celebrate one of the oldest and most revered American customs. We're going shopping. Yes, folks, it's that time of year again when we descend like crazed hordes on shopping malls, electronics outlets and big-box retailers. And just when you thought this overwrought ritual couldn't get any nuttier, we now are witness to a new phenomenon: Black Friday, the traditional day-after-Thanksgiving kickoff to the holiday shopping season will now begin Thursday.
NEWS
November 8, 2012
Newport-Mesa retirement community Vivante on the Coast will host a Thanksgiving food drive Wednesday to benefit local nonprofit Share Our Selves. Community members can drop non-perishable Thanksgiving food items, like canned vegetables, cranberry sauce and instant mashed potatoes, at Vivante's leasing office, 320 W. Coast Hwy. Donations will be accepted from noon to 6 p.m. Vivante will buy turkeys to complete donated meals. Share Our Selves will distribute the food to area families in need.
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