Still trying to figure out your plans for Thanksgiving morning? Maybe you don’t want to cook at home, or you’re looking for some company to spend the day with.
We’ve rounded up some of the holiday dinners and events happening around the region on and before Thanksgiving.
From 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, at New Hope Arcadia, 1401 SW MLK Jr St. in Arcadia, guests can enjoy a free Thanksgiving Day meal with company. The event will have a bounce house, door prizes, and music and games. 573-415-7830.
At 10:30 p.m. Thursday, First Church of Christ, Scientists, 35 S. Oxford Drive, Englewood, will have a Thanksgiving service. No collection is taken at this service.
From 1 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 28, at Christ Lutheran Church, 701 N. Indiana Ave., in Englewood, guests can enjoy a free Thanksgiving Day meal with company. The event will have a bounce house, door prizes, and music and games. 941-474-1989.
From noon until 3 p.m. on Nov. 28 at Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, 1100 S. McCall Road, Port Charlotte (Gulf Cove area), there will be a free Thanksgiving dinner for the community, with turkey and all the traditional fixings. Home-bound individuals who live within 10 miles of the church may call before noon on Monday, Thursday, to request delivery. Orders for take-outs will not be accepted early, but can be requested that day at the door. No reservations. Volunteers are welcome. 941-697-1747.
From 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the End Zone Sports Grille, 2440 South McCall Road, Englewood, will have free Thanksgiving dinner. 941-473-9663.
From 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, at New Hope Community Church, 5600 S. Biscayne Dr. in North Port, guests can enjoy a free Thanksgiving Day meal with company. The event will have a bounce house, door prizes, and music and games. For more information, visit hopefornp.org/thanksgiving or call 941-276-5770. For those looking to assist, there is also a list of needed items for the event, as well as a registration form for volunteers.
From 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, at Coastal Community Church at Imagine Elementary School, 1000 Innovation Ave. in North Port, guests can enjoy a free Thanksgiving Day meal with company. The event will have a bounce house, door prizes, and music and games. 941-221-9577.
From 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 23084 Seneca Ave. in Port Charlotte, guests can enjoy a free Thanksgiving Day meal with company. The event will have a bounce house, door prizes, and music and games. 941-625-3372.
From 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at First Alliance Church of Port Charlotte 20444 Midway Blvd. 941-625-7435.
At 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Wintergarden Presbyterian Church, 18305 Wintergarden Ave. in Port Charlotte will be serving Thanksgiving dinner. 941-743-5335.
At 5 p.m. on Thursday at The Homeless Coalition, 1476 Kenesaw St. in Port Charlotte, guests can enjoy dinner with company. 941-627-4313.
Noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday, 1st United Methodist Church in Punta Gorda, 507 W. Marion Ave. They are holding a community dinner. 941-639-3842.
From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. at Cleveland United Methodist Church, 28038 Cleveland Ave., in Punta Gorda. They will have a community dinner. They offer a free community dinner every Thursday. 941-639-2775.
Senior Friendship Centers is holding their annual “Healthy at Home” holiday donation initiative now through Thursday. Every year during the holiday season, the centers aim to provide gifts to those who visit the Friendship Cafés or receive our home-delivered meals. Many of the clients they serve have no family nearby and may experience loneliness during the holiday season. Their initiative aims to provide much needed gifts, to which some clients may be the only gift they receive during the season.
Suggested donations include: laundry detergent pods, fabric softener sheets, dish detergent, Handi-wipes, anti-bacterial cleaning wipes, personal care wipes, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, tissues, tea and instant coffee, dog and cat food, art supplies, and puzzle books.
Drop-off sites for donations include:
• Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, 252 W. Marion Ave.
• Consulate Health Care, 18480 Cochran Blvd., Port Charlotte
• Charlotte County Sheriff’s office:
7474 Utilities Road, Punta Gorda
11051 Wilmington Blvd., Englewood
992 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte
Promenades Mall, 3280 Tamiami Trail, Suite 505, Port Charlotte
• Senior Friendship Center, 27420 Voyageur Drive, Punta Gorda
For more information, contact Jeanne DeLauro at 941-255-0723 or firstname.lastname@example.org.