Westside Thanksgiving Community Dinner


Since 1982, volunteers have been coming together to serve a free holiday meal for the community. It is open not only to not to the homeless but also many students, singles, seniors, low-income families, or anyone alone on Thanksgiving.

The meal is served from 11 AM to 3 PM. There will also be games and family activities. Due to several generous donations, free haircuts, blankets, clothing, hygiene kits, and a resource fair will be provided to those individuals and families in need.

If you would like to volunteer, please call ahead so they know which shift you will be covering. Phone number is (310) 394-3153. Lots of information can be found on their website.


Hollywood Christmas Parade


Don’t let the name fool you – this annual parade takes place in November. On Sunday, November 27, 2016 to be exact. This year is the 85th Annual parade with Grand Marshal Olivia Newton-John.

Curb side seating for the event is free. If you’re not able to make it to Hollywood, you can also watch on television.

Visit their official website for route, street closures, and transportation info. Or you can call 1-866-PARADE1 (866-727-2331).

Whittier Community Thanksgiving


Still looking for a Thanksgiving to join? This wonderful group hosts a free community Thanksgiving meal at First Christian Church in Whittier. The entire event is run on donations.

As the Facebook page says, “Come out and be a part of this fun, family event! If you’re here…YOU’RE family.”

People can begin arriving at 11 AM, and the meal is served at noon. Location is First Christian Church, 6355 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, California 90601.

You can learn more about the non-profit organization on their website.


Burbank Holiday in the Park


This Friday, November 18th from 5 PM to 9 PM, join the biggest holiday event to happen in Burbank in Magnolia Park.

Magnolia Boulevard will be closed from Hollywood Way to Florence Street, stretching eight blocks and three parking lots! Enjoy a vintage car show, a SNOW play area, live music, carolers, balloon twisting, a holiday boutique and photo opportunities with Santa & Mrs. Claus. There will also be live performances from local school cheer teams, choirs, and a performance by Garri Dance Studio.

Community organizations and Magnolia Park businesses will have tables in the street. It’s a good way to meet your neighbors. And food trucks will be available to purchase food.

You can RSVP and get more information on their Facebook event page.

24th Street Theatre Dia de los Muertos Festival


The 24th Street Theatre is hosting their 11th Annual Dia de los Muertos festival on November 2, 2016 from 6 PM to 10 PM.

There will be live performances from:

Trio Ellas
The Space Sanchos
Ballet Folklórico Sol de Fuego
Mariachi Guadalajara
Danza Azteca Huitzilopochtli
La Catrina Guapachosa on Stilts (Ismael Ramírez)
Compañía Tierra Blanca Arts Center

Make sure to bring a flashlight to wave during the procession that kicks off the event, which will take place between Hoover and Magnolia starting at 6 PM.

The event is free to attend, and there will be food available for purchase. Check their website for more details.

Free Movies at Winnetka Pacific Theatre


The Pacific Theatre Winnetka in Chatsworth will be showing free movies Thursday, November 3rd, all day long. Tickets will be available on that day, for purchase at the theatre only (no online purchases). Tickets are available first come, first serve and limit two per person. No details were given about exact showtimes or film titles.

That same weekend, from Friday, November 4th through Sunday, November 6th there will be a few select screenings of Doctor Strange and Trolls that are also free. Showtimes are not listed.

Throughout the weekend, there will also be giveaways, prizes, and a B.Y.O.B. – “Bring Your Own Bucket” and receive a free fill-up of popcorn deal.

Please see the theatre website for more details and guidelines.