header image

[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Partly sunny
Partly sunny
70°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
September 26
1876 - California oil industry born as CSO No. 4 in Pico Canyon becomes state's first commercially productive oil well [story]
Pico No. 4


| Friday, Nov 27, 2020
thanksgiving feast
Castaic Lions Club volunteer Shelley Cazen assists as volunteers hand out hot and cold meals to some to the hundreds of cars in line for the Thanksgiving Feast Drive-Thru at the Bella Vida Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center in Santa Clarita on Thursday, November 26, 2020. | Photo: Dan Watson / The Signal.

 

Hundreds of local, older adults could not break bread together this year for the annual Thanksgiving feast at the Bella Vida Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, but many still showed, some even dressed up for a drive-thru version Thursday.

Vehicles zig-zagged through the large parking lot of the center as they lined up to receive free, to-go bags of both hot and cold festive meals prepared by dozens of volunteers. The event was brought forth by the senior center and the Castaic Lions Club.

“We’re doing 700 meals today,” said Senior Center Executive Director Kevin MacDonald, who was helping hand out food bags, adding that their home-delivered meals operation had dropped off 300 meals to homebound seniors.

For many older adults, the annual feast offers an opportunity to connect with others, including with local students who traditionally volunteer and bond with attendees. The COVID-19 pandemic overturned plans to relive the holiday event. Bella Vida’s first Thanksgiving celebration last year dished out about 1,000 meals for seniors.

thanksgiving feast

Volunteers Chloe Bird, left, and her mother, Linda Davies load some of the hundreds of bags with hot meals to be handed out to the 700 cars in line for the Thanksgiving Feast Drive-Thru at the Bella Vida Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center in Santa Clarita on Thursday, November 26, 2020. | Photo: Dan Watson / The Signal.

“This is contact-free, and I’ve heard many people say, ‘I really wanted to go see my family, but I’m going to stay home because that’s the right thing to do,’” drive-thru volunteer Ashley Ahmadi said. “Someone even said, ‘I put on makeup today.’ So, today is really the only day some will get that interaction with others, even if it’s through cars.”

Resident Juan Sanchez, who was lining up to receive his meals, said they would be a big help for the remainder of the week.

“This meal prepared for the community is the best thing that these people could do because so many people are handicapped,” he said. “I’ll be doing the cooking myself and, during the rest of the week, this will work.”

thanksgiving feast

Volunteer Connor MacDonald places cold meals into some of the hundreds of bags displaying a memorial for Flo Lawrence, co-chair of the annual SCV Senior Center Thanksgiving day feast in preparation for the Thanksgiving Feast Drive-Thru at the Bella Vida Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center in Santa Clarita on Thursday, November 26, 2020. | Photo: Dan Watson / The Signal.

One notable detail printed on each of the meal bags was a quote from Alan “Flo” Lawrence, a beloved community volunteer and president of the Castaic Lions Club, that read, “Everywhere I go, I find love.”

Lawrence, 63, died Aug. 19 and was known for putting together the annual Thanksgiving Day feast. Amid high winds Thursday, his ex-wife Susan Lawrence read a prayer during a moment of remembrance for Alan.

“We’re doing this in memory of our dear friend Flo Lawrence,” MacDonald said. “He was our co-chair and he said, ‘I see love in everything,’ and that’s our motto: We see love in everything. We miss him.”

Last year, during the first Thanksgiving feast at Bella Vida, Lawrence spoke on the joy of celebrating together at the center’s large banquet hall, after many years of having the event at the smaller, former location on Market Street in Newhall.

“Celebrating at this location, it just lets us share more love — more room, more love,” he said then.

thanksgiving feast - flo

Castaic Lions Club Vice President and event organizer, Flo Lawrence, right, welcomes attendees to the 42 annual Senior Center Thanksgiving Gourmet Feast and Party held at the Bella Vida Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center on Thursday, November 28, 2019. | Photo: Dan Watson / The Signal.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

0 Comments

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


SCV NewsBreak
LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES
Friday, Sep 24, 2021
Additional Victims Come Forward in Newhall Massage Therapist Sexual Assault Investigation
After news reports detailing sexual assault allegations against a Newhall massage therapist on Sept. 2, a half-dozen additional victims have come forward, according to sheriff’s investigators.
Friday, Sep 24, 2021
Newsom Vetoes Agricultural Worker Union Elections Bill Opposed by Wilk
Sen. Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, welcomed news of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s veto of Assembly Bill 616 on Wednesday.
Friday, Sep 24, 2021
Friday COVID-19 Roundup: County Announces Pfizer Booster Available to Eligible Residents; 35,524 Total SCV Cases
Los Angeles County Public Health officials on Friday confirmed 32 new deaths and 1,238 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, with 35,524 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley. Additionally, Public Health announced that eligible Los Angeles County residents can begin receiving their booster doses at any of the hundreds of sites offering the Pfizer vaccine.
Keep Up With Our Facebook

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1876 - California oil industry born as CSO No. 4 in Pico Canyon becomes state's first commercially productive oil well [story]
Pico No. 4
1970 - Lagasse family helps save Mentryville buildings as Newhall and Malibu brush fires erupt & join into worst fire in SoCal history. Twelve fires over 10 days burn 525,000 acres, kill 13 people and destroy approx. 1,500 structures. [story]
Clampitt fire
After news reports detailing sexual assault allegations against a Newhall massage therapist on Sept. 2, a half-dozen additional victims have come forward, according to sheriff’s investigators.
Additional Victims Come Forward in Newhall Massage Therapist Sexual Assault Investigation
Sen. Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, welcomed news of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s veto of Assembly Bill 616 on Wednesday.
Newsom Vetoes Agricultural Worker Union Elections Bill Opposed by Wilk
Los Angeles County Public Health officials on Friday confirmed 32 new deaths and 1,238 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, with 35,524 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley. Additionally, Public Health announced that eligible Los Angeles County residents can begin receiving their booster doses at any of the hundreds of sites offering the Pfizer vaccine.
Friday COVID-19 Roundup: County Announces Pfizer Booster Available to Eligible Residents; 35,524 Total SCV Cases
Yair Haimoff, SIOR and Randy Cude of Spectrum Commercial Real Estate, Inc., are pleased to announce a recent 71,874-square-foot ground lease located in Valencia, CA.
Spectrum CRE Completes Ground Lease with Tenant In-N-Out Burgers
Los Angeles County announced it is now administering Pfizer booster third doses after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle P. Walensky endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ recommendation for a booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in several population groups. The CDC also recommended a booster dose for those in high-risk occupational and institutional settings.
County Begins Administering Pfizer Booster to Eligible Residents
1855 - Sanford & Cyrus Lyon establish Lyon's Station (for stagecoaches) near today's Sierra Hwy & Newhall Ave [story]
Sanford Lyon
Officials from Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital are once again urging those eligible to get vaccinated, as the hospital is experiencing a marked influx of COVID-19 patients, hospital spokesman Patrick Moody said Thursday.
Thursday COVID-19 Roundup: Henry Mayo Hospital Admittance Up 50%; SCV Cases Total 35,477
A “significant amount of smoke” from the Windy and KNP Complex fires northeast of Bakersfield in the Sequoia National Forest have entered the Los Angeles area, according to a Thursday morning tweet from the U.S. National Weather Service Los Angeles.
Hazy SCV Skies from Sequoia Forest Fires
Spookiness is on its way to Main Street in Old Town Newhall.
Scarecrow Alley Coming to Old Town Newhall
The Chiquita Canyon Landfill Technical Advisory Committee met Wednesday afternoon to discuss updates at the Val Verde landfill.
Chiquita Canyon Landfill Health Report Nearing Final Process
Following a record-breaking event in 2020 – Soup for the Soul will once again be presented virtually in 2021.
Tickets Now on Sale for Bridge to Home’s 2021 Soup for the Soul Virtual Fundraiser
The city of Santa Clarita’s annual Evening of Remembrance event will occur on Wednesday, Sept. 29, beginning with a Walk of Remembrance at 6:15 p.m., followed by the program at 6:45 p.m.
Community Invited to Annual Evening of Remembrance
College of the Canyons is continuing its tradition of inviting community groups to experience Cougar football during the 2021 season, with all healthcare workers and first responders invited to attend Saturday’s game vs. Palomar College free of charge.
Cougars Football Continuing with Community Invite Tradition
The Santa Clarita chapter of the American Cancer Society is excited to announce its annual leading fundraiser of the year — Relay For Life - will take place on Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Westfield Town Center Mall, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Oct. 2: American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life
At least one person was reported wounded in a shooting in Newhall Wednesday night, prompting a response from law enforcement and medical personnel.
Newhall Shooting Sends One Person to Hospital
Are you ready for a “Partea”? Circle of Hope’s 17th Annual Tea Celebration will be held at the Hyatt Regency Valencia on Saturday, Oct. 9, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Oct. 9: Circle of Hope’s 17th Annual Tea Celebration
SACRAMENTO — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond proudly recognized Betty Reid Soskin, a pioneering Bay Area civil rights activist and the oldest living National Park Ranger serving in the United States, as an Ambassador to California Education on her 100th birthday.
Betty Reid Soskin Named California’s Newest Education Ambassador
The Mojave Area California State Parks  recently announced status updates for public use.
Status Updates Released for Mojave Area State Parks
1948 - Agua Dulce Women's Club organized [timeline]
Women's Club
The Santa Clarita Planning Commission approved the installation and operation of a Verizon wireless communication facility that will expand wireless coverage in the city’s center. 
Verizon Wireless Facility Approved By Planning Commission
State Senator Scott Wilk is honoring four Hispanic community leaders to commemorate National Hispanic Heritage Month. 
Wilk Honors Local Hispanic Community Leaders
Los Angeles County Public Health officials on Wednesday confirmed 41 new deaths and 1,750 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, with 35,403 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Wednesday COVID-19 Roundup: Nursing Facility Numbers See Decline; Santa Clarita Cases total: 35,403
SCVNews.com
%d bloggers like this: