Food and Fellowship for the Holiday

By Beacon Staff

Thanksgiving is on Nov. 24, and there are multiple opportunities throughout the Flathead and Mission valleys for residents to gather for a free meal and fellowship as the holiday season gets under way.

Sykes in Kalispell will host its annual Thanksgiving meal, which has served thousands of meals to local people. The event begins on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to anyone.

The meal will include all the holiday favorites: turkey, sliced ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, rolls and butter, cranberry sauce, pie, coffee and juice.

Sykes asks people to call by Tuesday, Nov. 22 to arrange home delivery. Diners can opt to pick up their meal as well.

Volunteers and donations are always welcome. For more information, call 406-257-4306. Sykes is located at 202 Second Ave. W. in Kalispell.

The Pocketstone Café in Bigfork is ready for its second annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, with three servings taking place at the café on Nov. 24 at 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Reservations are strongly recommended since seating is limited, and can be made by calling 406-837-7223. If there is space and enough food, walk-ins will be accommodated between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The meal promises a “sumptuous menu and a cordial atmosphere” for those who prefer not to spend the holiday alone. Fixings will include soup, turkey, dressing, potatoes, yams, green beans and dessert.

There will be no charge for the experience, though there will be a donation jar for those who would like to give. All contributions will go to the Bigfork Food Pantry to help with its Christmas season efforts.

The Pocketstone Café is located at 444 Electric Avenue in Bigfork.

Deb and Charlie Simons are cooking a sit-down Thanksgiving meal at the Whitefish Foursquare Church, which will begin at 3 p.m. Those who wish to attend are invited to bring a side dish if they are able. The holiday meal is an extension of the church’s weekly community dinners, which take place on Wednesday.

The Thanksgiving dinner will not be a buffet; instead, attendees will sit at a table and enjoy the meal together. Space and food will likely be limited, and donations are very welcome.

Anyone wishing to help out with the meal can leave a message for Deb or Charlie at the church, available at 406-862-1653. The Whitefish Foursquare Church is located at 233 Kalispell Ave. in Whitefish.

In Ronan, those looking for a place to settle for the holiday can head to the Ronan Community Center for the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The meal runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free to anyone wishing to attend.

Financial donations are welcome and appreciated. Anyone willing to provide turkeys, pies or rolls or would like to help with cooking, serving, busing or entertainment is asked to contact Dana Grant at 406-240-0640.

The Ronan Community Center is located at 300 Third Ave. NW in Ronan.

The Polson Senior Center and Polson Ministerial Association will host Thanksgiving dinner at the senior center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 24. The meal will be a traditional Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings.

While there is no charge for the meal, donations are appreciated. For questions, contact Tracy Plaise at 406-883-0642. The Polson Senior Center is located at 504 Third Ave. East in Polson.

If you are hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner and want the community to know about it, be sure to visit www.flatheadevents.net to post your event for free.

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