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News Digest: Community Thanksgiving dinner | Holiday support program | Mental health services survey

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Thanksgiving dinner

The ninth annual Tri-Valley Community Outreach Dinner for those in need on Thanksgiving Day is set for Thursday afternoon in Dublin, organized by a coalition of churches, community organizations and businesses from the region.

"The dinner serves seniors, military, veterans, singles and anyone in need in the Tri-Valley community. Join us for a traditional sit-down dinner, served at your table -- no standing in lines, no paper plates," organizers said. "Dinner is free and reservations are not necessary. In addition to a wonderful meal, there will be entertainment."

The event will run from 12-4 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 24) at St. Raymond Catholic Church's Moran Hall, 11555 Shannon Ave. in Dublin.

More details are available at www.TVC-Thanksgiving.com.

County mental health services survey

A survey is available to help Alameda County health care officials deliver mental health services and treatment to residents experiencing an illness, county officials said Thursday.

The online survey along with events designed to get the opinion of residents will guide the services and programming provided through the Mental Health Services Act.

The act is funded by Proposition 63, a statewide initiative that passed in 2004.

"It's important for us to hear from people of all ages with mental health challenges, their family members, and community service providers," Dr. Karyn L. Tribble, director of Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services, said in a statement.

Tribble said the county values people's opinions in preparing a plan to meet the community's needs.

Funding from the Mental Health Services Act helped more than 140,000 people with mental illness in Alameda County during the last fiscal year, county officials said.

The money pays for infrastructure, technology, and elements of training for the county's mental health system.

The survey can be accessed at acmhsa.org/community-input. It's available in English, Spanish and Cantonese until Jan. 31.

-- Keith Burbank, BCN

Holiday program

Tri-Valley Haven is continuing to accept registrants for its annual holiday program, which includes access to a turkey and trimmings for Thanksgiving next week as well as a holiday bundle in mid-December.

One registration guarantees placement in both programs (only one per household). Thanksgiving food distribution will take place on Monday (Nov. 21) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at a location to be revealed to participants only, and the holiday bundle pickup will occur under the same parameters on Dec. 10.

For more information, go to trivalleyhaven.org or call 925-449-5845.