SAN DIEGO - The area's neediest residents will be treated to holiday meals Wednesday at a pair of Thanksgiving-eve events.
A special holiday meal is scheduled for 11 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Village at 1501 Imperial Ave. Douglas Wagner of Father Joe's Villages said that since many service agencies serve their meals on Thursday, they do theirs the day before.
Volunteers will serve turkey and stuffing in a dining room decorated for the Thanksgiving holiday, Wagner said.
The Salvation Army also plans a day-early meal for needy families at its community center in Chula Vista. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. at 648 Third Ave., said Salvation Army spokeswoman Suzi Woodruff Lacey.
The Salvation Army's traditional meal service at Golden Hall in downtown San Diego is scheduled for Thursday.
Besides meals, a couple of fun events are planned for today.
An ice skating rink set up outside the Hotel del Coronado is scheduled to open to the public at 2 p.m. The "Skating by the Sea" rink is scheduled to be open through Jan. 5. For the first time, skaters can purchase tickets in advance at hoteldel.com.
Also on tap is the opening of the five-day 33rd annual San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival at the Town & Country Hotel.
The festival runs Wednesday through Sunday and costs $95 for all five days of musical entertainment. Daily passes starting at $15 can also be purchased at the door.
Active-duty Armed Forces members with military IDs are invited to attend the festival for free. Children under 12 also can attend for free but must be accompanied by an adult.
More than two dozen musical acts are scheduled to perform throughout the festival, including solo artists and big band swing ensembles. Some performance will be "intimate listening engagements" while others will be in rooms with large dance floors, organizers said.
Festival hours are 7 to 11 p.m. today and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. To learn more, visit www.dixielandjazzfestival.org.