A long-standing tradition in Ponoka, the community Christmas dinner is returning full swing on Christmas day, Dec. 25, at the Ponoka legion.
The doors will open at 10 a.m. and the meal will be served at 12 p.m.
Organizer Val Schabert said preperations all well underway, with most everything lined up: they have enough chefs, and while they have confirmed volunteers, they could always use more.
While the event last year was a hybrid of in-person and delivered meals, along with COVID-19 restrictions, this year is a return to normal.
According to Schabert, they are planing to feed around 200 people, though that number is just a guess, as diners aren’t required to pre-register.
On the menu is turkey and ham, potatoes and gravy, mixed vegetables and desert.
Last year, they had about 150 people attend the dinner in person.
A group of volunteers, supported by the legion and the Town of Ponoka, have put the event on for at least 15 years, Schabert said.
More volunteers and donations are always appreciated.
Small gift donations, such as boxes of chocolates, mittens or scarves, etcetera, can be dropped off at Servus Credit Union or by contacting Schabert at 403-783-8799.
The Ponoka Handi-van will be available to transport people to the event. Call 403-783-9752.