A large Christmas Eve dinner will be held Tuesday at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds, with Christmas meals to follow Wednesday in Sonora, Tuolumne and Murphys.
The 32nd annual Free Community Christmas Eve Day Dinner will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Sierra building of the Sonora fairgrounds.
Organizers are planning to serve between 1,700 and 1,800 meals.
Guests can eat either a turkey or ham dinner with traditional holiday side dishes.
Staff at Curtis Creek Elementary School are in charge of “Santa’s toy shop,” where children up to 12 can receive gifts.
There will also be live music and gifts for children the following day at a free Christmas dinner called Christmas With Friends. The event will have two locations: the Sonora Opera Hall and the Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall. Both events will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Those needing a meal delivered can call 770-0536 or sign-up online at www.sonorachristmasdinner.com.
In Calaveras County, the nonprofit Murphys Friends will host their annual Free Community Christmas Dinner from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Native Sons Hall on Main Street in Murphys.
Volunteer Ray Beaudreau said the meal is all about sharing Christmas spirit with the community.
Beaudreau delivers meals to residents throughout Calaveras County. On Friday, he got a request to deliver 40 meals to Copperopolis.
Those needing meal delivery can call him at 728-2633.
For the full story see today's Union Democrat.