Review Category : Features

The evolution of Thanksgiving

Football, turkey and pumpkin pie - the traditions of Thanksgiving may be familiar to most, yet the origins of this holiday remain somewhat mysterious.

Early settlers in the 16th century observed the holiday as a way to give thanks for a safe passage to the New World. But as America grew, so did Thanksgiving. Today, it is seen as the quintessential all-American holiday, and modern-day Thanksgiving is closely tied with the idea of America's civil religion.

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Last Minute Eats

Still looking for a place to have your holiday dinner? Try some local restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day.

Baker's Square

Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

255 Second St. (corner across from the Fast and Easy Mart)

756-4190

A Turkey Meal special for $14.99 will be offered. Slow roasted, hand carved turkey breast served with stuffing, cranberry sauce, homemade gravy, seasonal vegetables, dinner bread, dinner salad and a slice of pie. A Ham Steak Meal (bone-in) is available for the same price. ...

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Roving Reporter

"We serve a dish that we call 'green yuck,' which is basically Cool Whip with fruit, nuts and a green pistachio pudding mix. That's why it's green. It looks really gross, but people like it."

Nicole Cortichiato, sophomore, neurobiology, physiology and behavior

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The Thanksgiving Stuffing

Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and fat. It doesn't matter if you've yet to succumb to the Freshman 15, if you go to the ARC every week or even if you haven't eaten dessert all year; when you go home on Thursday, odds are you will gain weight. But you already know this.

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Where’s the turkey?

Known to some as National Turkey Day, Thanksgiving can often be a holiday for the carnivorous kind, with a big ol' butterball front and center and a wave of tryptophan-induced sleepiness soon to follow.

But for those who'd like to stay awake for the pumpkin pie, a vegetarian Thanksgiving may just be the gelatin-free whipped cream on the soy-based cake this year.

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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

7 to 8:30 p.m.

United Methodist Church, 1620 Anderson Road

This program is for individuals recovering from eating addictions, bulimia and under-eating based on the 12 step program from Alcoholics Anonymous. For more information, go to foodaddicts.org.

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Aggie Ambassadors from College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Noon to 1 p.m.

3001 Plant and Environmental Sciences

Learn about opportunities within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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Annual Stock Show Draws Record Number of Participants

Saturday marked the 80th annual Little International Stock Show, sponsored by the Young Cattlemen's Association at the University of California, Davis. A record number of 62 participants took part in the event, which was held at the Cole Facility on La Rue Road and Putah Creek Lodge Road.

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World AIDS Day pledging

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In front of Griffin Lounge, MU

Visit the Health Education and Promotion tables this week to pledge to be an ally for HIV awareness.

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Aggie Trivia

The UC Davis campus was taken over as a training center by the United States Army Signal Corps in 1943. All instruction was halted until 1945.

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Davis firefighters donate baskets of turkey and stuffing

Over 20 years ago, a woman knocked on the door of Davis Fire Station 31 and asked for assistance to make a Thanksgiving dinner for her children. The firefighters pooled funds and bought a turkey for her and began to think about expanding their contribution.

The firefighters' gift of a single turkey has since expanded into the annual Davis Firefighter's Union Thanksgiving Food Basket Program, which provides 630 full Thanksgiving meal baskets for Davis needy families.

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Sexual assault awareness and prevention class educates UC Davis Greeks

Kingsley Grafft, a UC Davis sorority member, developed a sexual assault prevention and awareness curriculum that's being taught on campus and emulated at other universities nationwide.

The course, Greeks Against Sexual Assault (GASA), aims to eliminate sexual and dating violence by raising awareness and prevention. It is a pass/no pass class offered as a seminar through the UC Davis education department.

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NCAA Tournament ticket distribution

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Freeborn Hall Ticket Office

Men's soccer will host Denver in the first round of the national tournament at Aggie Soccer Stadium on Saturday at 1 p.m. Tickets cost $5 for UC Davis students, faculty and staff, and $7 for adults. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Students show UC Davis livestock

Moh-Moh is nervous.

This Saturday is UC Davis' Little International Stock Show, and Moh-Moh, a heifer, has never been around so many people and animals before.

But the student showing her likes his chances. "I think I will win. I really spend a lot of time with her, one on one," said Michael Chao, an entrant in this year's beef section.

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Dining in Davis: Shanghai Town

I was exploring an unknown territory also known as West Davis. I'd heard there was a Chinese restaurant with rather tasty food. Whether it was fact or fiction, I did not know. But on a cold Wednesday night, I decided to venture out and see for myself.

In a dark area known as the Westlake Plaza, there's a restaurant called Shanghai Town. I say it was dark because the plaza had few lights or neon signs indicating that any business (or life) was in existence. I finally found Shanghai Town situated in an obscure location by a taqueria and a drycleaners.

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