AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “I think it is the nicest thing for senior citizens, and we get together here with different senior centers and it is just like a homecoming,” she said. “(And) we said we’ll meet again, God willing, next year.” The Rotary Club helped pay for the event, and the restaurant donated food, as did its suppliers and a local church. City Councilman Dennis Zine attended the event and said he would like to get corporate sponsorship to help seniors on Thanksgiving. “See, downtown has a huge homeless population; we have a huge senior population,” Zine said. “So we want to take care of the needs in the community.” At the other end of the Valley, volunteers served meals to about 300 people in need at Temple Beth Hillel in Valley Village. Volunteer drivers carted out another 300 meals so needy families could enjoy Thanksgiving at home. The Reform synagogue also collects food in its basement and feeds 5,000 people a month with the help of six other Christian and Jewish congregations. As usual, the kitchen at the Sagebrush Cantina was pumping out food Thursday, but this time the diners ate for free. The restaurant on the border between the West San Fernando Valley and Calabasas served a Thanksgiving feast to about 500 seniors, with the help of the Calabasas/Agoura Hills Rotary Club and youths from a church group and a high school. “The Rotary Club people, the young people are oh-so-friendly,” said Bobbie Powell, who came with other seniors from Owensmouth Garden in Woodland Hills. “And we’re sitting out here in the sunshine. Where else can you do that except California?” Emmi De Waard, 78, a retired industrial photographer, also liked the traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, cranberry sauce and potatoes. “It’s predicated on the notion that the future health and welfare of the Jewish community is tied up inextricably with the health and welfare of the rest of the world,” Rabbi Jim Kaufman said. Along with other volunteers, Keith Gurian, 51, of Granada Hills started working in the synagogue’s kitchen Sunday to get ready for Thursday’s event. With volunteers working nearly 10 hours Sunday and coming in after work for nearly eight hours both Monday and Tuesday, the kitchen turned out 900 pounds of turkey. “Just sweat and burn,” Gurian said, showing off a pair of hash marks he accidentally burned into his left forearm while volunteering this week. Niranjala Rodrigo came to the United States three years ago from Sri Lanka and was enjoying her first traditional Thanksgiving meal, along with her husband, her three children and her mother. “This day, I think people (are) happy, and some family come all together at the table,” she said. “It’s (a) very nice time.” World War II veteran Bernard J. Cohen, 85, of North Hollywood also enjoyed the meal. During the war, the plane he was in was shot down in 1944, crashing into the ocean near New Guinea. “They told me in Brisbane, Australia, (during treatment) that I was going to survive the war and come back and die of old age,” he said, “but they never told me what old age was.” Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!