Bill Motto VFW Post 5888's annual Thanksgiving meal

The 24th-annual event offers a traditional meal of turkey potatoes, salad and the trimmings. The community is invited to participate as a guest, volunteer or donor. Harmony Grits provides the music.

WHEN: Noon-3 p.m. Nov. 27.

WHERE: Vets Hall, 846 Front St., Santa Cruz.

COST: Free.

DETAILS: Call 429-8345 or visit www.vetshall.com. Organizers will be needing donations and volunteers again, this year.

Cafe spreads giving spirit



For more events on Thanksgiving (and beyond) see our calendar

SwingTime Cafe will host a free lunch on Thanksgiving.

Cafe owners Antonette Wood and Peggy Triplitt have been serving up the traditional turkey and fixings in a show of appreciation to their customers and God since the business opened in 2005.

They also may be hoping the spirit of giving will rub off. Wood and Triplitt are collecting toiletries, nonperishable foods and warm clothing - sweatshirts and pants, hats, scarves, gloves, jackets, sweaters and throw blankets - to fill gift bags for 300 seniors. Unwrapped donations will be accepted at the cafe until 4 p.m. Dec. 19.

WHEN: Lunch will be from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 27.

WHERE: 445 Union St.

DETAILS: Call 786-0812.


Thanksgiving morning yoga benefit


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Amey Mathews leads an early yoga class to benefit Second Harvest Food bank that focuses on principles of gratitude, abundance and generosity. The class is open to all levels.

WHEN: 9-10:30 a.m. Nov. 27.

WHERE: Center for Yoga and Personal Growth, 716 Capitola Ave., Suite I, Capitola.

COST: By donation.

DETAILS: E-mail amey@yogawithamey.com or visit www.yogawithamey.com.


Bittersweet Bistro's Thanksgiving Day buffet

The restaurant offers a holiday menu featuring roasted traditional free-range turkey with pan gravy, slow-roasted prime rib with au jus and horseradish Creme Fraiche, teriyaki glazed salmon, classic glazed Corralitos ham and wild mushroom carnaroli risotto plus a variety of salads and sides and miniature Bittersweet desserts. The kids table offers grilled cheese, PB&J sandwiches, chicken fingers, cookies and cupcakes.

WHEN: 12:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 27.

WHERE: Bittersweet Bistro, 787 Rio Del Mar, Aptos.

COST: $49 adults/$20 ages 6-12/$5 ages 5 and younger; $10 per adult discount for parties seated at 12:30 p.m.

DETAILS: Call 662-9799 or visit www.bittersweetbistro.com.

Thanksgiving at Chaminade

The resort and spa opens its doors for a holiday feast with a carving station featuring roasted lamb, prime rib and whole roast turkey, a fresh seafood display, pumpkin ravioli, dried cherry-pecan stuffing, sweet potato gratin and more at a lavish buffet with stunning views of the Monterey Bay. Reservations are required. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz toy drive.

WHEN: Dinner offered noon-7 p.m. Nov. 27.

WHERE: Chaminade, One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz.

COST: $46.95 adults/$16.95 ages 6-12/free for kids under six.

DETAILS: 1-800-283-6569.


Thanksgiving at Sanderlings at Seascape

Thanksgiving Buffet at Sanderlings will include a Seafood Bar with Oysters, Prawns, Crab Claws & Smoked Mussels, Butternut Squash Soup, Cheese and Pate Display, Caesar and Bloomsdale Spinach Salads, Giblet Gravy, Chestnut Stuffing, Green Beans, Baked Salmon, Prime Rib, Sage Roasted Turkey, Sweet Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, Dessert Display and more.

WHEN: Nov. 27 Open Daily 6:30 a.m. to midnight Breakfast 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Dinner 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

COST: $39.95 Adults, $18.95 Children 12 & Under

DETAILS: Reservations 662-7120.

WHERE: One Seascape Resort Drive, Aptos.


Santa Cruz KOA Thanksgiving Fall Festival

WHAT: Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, rolls, coffee and soft drinks provided. If planning on coming to the dinner bring a dish that will serve up to six people and choose from vegetable or fruit salads, hot vegetable dishes or desserts. All tableware provided by KOA.

WHEN: Dinner 5 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Recreation Hall; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 28 and 29. Rent banana bikes or play mini-golf for $3-8 per person. KOA Fun Express Train and Jumping Pillow will be open as well as the climbing wall and mechanical bull weather permitting. From 8-10 a.m. Nov. 30 Pancake Breakfast $2-4.

WHERE: 1186 San Andreas Road, La Selva Beach.

COST: No Charge

DETAILS: 722-0551