Volunteers throughout the region will also mobilize to provide help to those in need.
Here's a list of things happening this week:
Long BeachThanksgiving banquet: Councilman Dee Andrews and the 6th District will host their fifth annual "Serving With A Thankful Heart" Thanksgiving banquet on Monday at Ernest S. McBride Park, 1550 Martin Luther King Jr., Ave. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
The free traditional Thanksgiving meal, which will include all the trimmings, will be served by special guests: City Manager Pat West and Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau President Steve Goodling, along with more than 100 volunteers.
"I love this particular event because we are able to bring so much joy during this Thanksgiving holiday," Andrews said. "Being able to give the gift of service is such a rewarding feeling. I am so blessed to have remarkable partners stand beside me year after year as we serve our community with a loving heart."
More than 1,400 people were fed at last year's event.
For information, call 562-570-6816.
A day of beauty: The Greater Open Door Church, 132 Artesia Blvd., will host its eighth annual Thanksgiving "Crowned with His Glory" Beauty Day, 8 a.m. to 5p.m. Monday.
The event is a day set aside by organizers to pamper men, women and children from various missions and homes in the Los Angeles County area.
Free services will include: beauty treatments, lunch, entertainment, fellowship and an empowerment seminar.
For more information, call 562-786-7055
Bread of Life Feast: For the fifth year, the Rev. Andy Gerhold of the Bread of Life ministry at 2nd Samoan Church, 655 Chestnut St., will be staging his Thanksgiving meal. The meal will begin at noon and continue until 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. Monday, Gerhold said.
Full meals with turkey and all the traditional accoutrements and dessert will be served.
"We'll have the whole enchilada," Gerhold said.
Except, of course, enchiladas.
Donations needed: The Long Beach Rescue Mission is preparing to serve more than 52,000 meals over the holiday season and is in need of donations.
Donations can be dropped off at 1335 Pacific Ave.
Items needed are: frozen turkeys, spices, dinner rolls, instant mashed potatoes, canned yams, dressing mix, canned vegetables, canned cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, whipped topping, pancake mix, pancake syrup, bacon and sausages.
Thanksgiving meals will be served at the Long Beach Rescue Mission, 1335 Pacific Ave., at the following days and times: Dinner on Wednesday, 3-6 p.m.; and breakfast 7-10a.m. on Thursday.
For more information, call 562-591-1292.
Salvation Army: This year, the Long Beach branch of the Salvation Army is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, catered by the Reef Restaurant, 5:30- 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Salvation Army, 455 E. Spring St.
In addition to the meal, there will be live music. Donations will be accepted at the Salvation Army offices.
Signal HillServing for the holiday: American University of Health Sciences, a Christian-based, minority-serving university will host a food giveaway through its Acts of Love community outreach program, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at 1600 E. Hill St.
Nursing and pre- pharmaceutical students will be providing free health screenings.
Acts of Love was developed as a way for the school and its students to give back to the community and designed for low-income families and homeless, said Pastor Gregory Johnson, co-founder of AUHS and vice chairman of AUHS Board of Trustees.
"We receive so much from God and have seen so many wonderful things these 18 years as we have grown," Johnson said. "To do this, and more can never reach the scale of the generosity he renders to us each day."
For more information call 562-988-2278 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.