Anza Days kicks off with dinner at Community Hall

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Noel Donahue distributes packaged meals to waiting patrons at the Anza Days kick-off dinner at the Community Hall Friday, June 26. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

The traditional Anza Days kick-off dinner was served Friday, June 26, at the Community Hall and featured to-go meals prepared by Hall board members and other volunteers.

Sponsored by the Anza Community Hall Building Inc., the dinners boasted large portions of Danny Stone’s slow-cooked tri-tip, ranch beans, corn, a roll with a pat of butter, coleslaw and a slice of watermelon.

Meals were served from 5-7 p.m. and were dispersed as quickly as they could be prepared. Lines formed at 5 o’clock.

Dan Robinson dishes out crisp coleslaw at the Anza Days kick-off dinner at the Community Hall. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Danny Stone’s slow-cooked tri-tip roasts cook on the grill at the Anza Days kick-off dinner at the Community Hall. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Mike Patke, president of the Anza Community Hall board, hands off to-go dinners to Barbara Ann Keller at the Anza Days kick-off dinner at the Community Hall. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

“More meat,” shouted a volunteer to the men running the huge grill outside the Hall.

The food was packaged in to-go containers and served by Community Hall board members and helpers.

In the kitchen, Hall members ladled beans, spooned up big portions of coleslaw and corn and placed the other items into to-go boxes. In keeping with the COVID-19 mandates regarding large gatherings, the Hall was not open for dining.

Instead, dozens of chairs were positioned outside in the parking lot, complete with shade coverings.

Stone’s tri-tip was slow cooked over redshank logs according to tradition. This method produced a unique, smokey flavor, while his secret spices completed the experience.

The festive atmosphere brought out smiles and friendly chatter among residents.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Anza Community Building Inc. can call 951-282-4267. Memberships are $20 per person or family with one vote per family or person and $35 per business with one vote. Cash and checks are accepted.

For more information, visit the Hall on Facebook or at http://www.anzacommunitybuilding.org.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia.com.