The upper lodge at Mount Shasta City Park was bustling with gratitude and good friends Thursday as seniors and special guests prepared to enjoy the annual Thanksgiving luncheon organized by the Senior Nutrition Program.

The lovely voices of Mount Shasta High School Jazz Choir filled the room with holiday cheer as guests trickled in and found a seat.

A special presentation by Lisa Stevens and Karley Buhl of Scott Valley Bank in Mount Shasta offered a donation of $1,000 to support the Senior Nutrition program.

City representatives of Weed, Dunsmuir and Mount Shasta were recognized as special guests at the event.

Rotary exchange student Sofía Silva Londoño of Colombia gave a brief speech thanking everyone for the opportunity to participate in Thanksgiving. “In Colombia, we don’t have this holiday, and I like it because there is always something to say thank you for,” she said.

A representative of Great Northern Services reminded everyone present that there’s still funding available for energy assistance and 2016 applications will be available in December.

Meals were served to 140 by members of the College of the Siskiyous softball team.