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2012 Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving)

2012 Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving)

Martial Arts Program contributes to Senior Nutrition
Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
(NOTE: This article is reprinted with the kind permission of the MS Area Newspapers,


The Mt. Shasta community was treated to authentic Korean cuisine in celebration of “Korean Thanksgiving” for the second year in a row. Hosted by the Mount Shasta Martial Arts Program at their studio (612-A S. Mt. Shasta Blvd) on September 28, 50 visitors enjoyed a diverse menu, watched a taekwondo demonstration, and contributed funds for Mt. Shasta’s Senior Nutrition Program.
Go to: Chuseok: Traditions, Games, & Foods

Chuseok, or ‘Full Moon Harvest Festival,’ is a holiday combining the characteristics of Memorial Day, Grandparents Day, Halloween, Christmas, and American Thanksgiving with ancestor commemorations, costumes, gifts, and plenty of food,” according to MSMAP head instructor Chuck Buhs.

Chuseok started as a celebration of a bountiful autumn harvest,” said Buhs. “For us, it’s an excuse to show our appreciation for all the generous support that we receive throughout the year and also make a small contribution to the seniors in need in our community.”

Check Presentation from Chuseok Collection
On October 3, participants in the Mount Shasta Martial Arts Program gave a $275 check to Mike Rodriguez, Director of the Mount Shasta Recreation & Parks District, to provide meals for homebound seniors in the Senior Nutrition Program.


 Korean Cuisine: Delicious!

Marc and Lourdes Schrievers of Dunsmuir enjoyed “sampling the yummy Korean food” from Zippy’s Korean BBQ in Redding. Included on the menu were kalbi (marinated beef short-ribs), mandoo (Korean potstickers), vegetarian bibimbop (rice salad), pajeon (Korean pancakes), kimchee (fermented cabbage, Korea’s “superfood”), and more.

“This was my first time at Korean Thanksgiving,” said Brian Witherell. “I didn’t know it existed until I heard about it through MSMAP. The food was outstanding, great variety and all good.”

“The food was incredible, authentic Korean dishes that you don’t get to eat very often in our area,” added Paula Reynolds.


 Demonstration & Community

The taekwondo demonstration added some action to the celebration.

“We got a ‘kick’ out of watching live action demos from the martial artists including our five year old son, Chris,” shared the Schrievers.

MSMAP also collected $275 in donations to help provide food for homebound seniors. Several children presented a check to Mount Shasta Recreation and Parks District Administrator Mike Rodriguez on October 3.

“The donation is certainly appreciated and will be put to good use,” said Rodriguez. “I want to commend the students of the Mount Shasta Martial Arts Program for their hard work with the event and for caring about our homebound seniors.”

“Chuck goes out of his way to bring the students and parents together regularly, and to work with area schools to help the community understand the benefits of taekwondo — discipline, manners, respect, and peaceful conflict resolution,” Reynolds added. “As parents, we watch this happen constantly in Chuck’s classes — an invaluable experience for our six year old son.”

“Ultimately, Thanksgiving from any culture is about family and community,” said Buhs. “Physical training is our tool for developing a sense of responsibility in ourselves for personal heath and safety. Events like this is our way to use that same responsibility and discipline to connect with the greater community.”


 More Information

About the Senior Nutrition Program
The Recreation and Parks District is the official provider for the senior meal program thru a contract with the California Department of Aging and Planning and Service Area 2 - Agency on Aging. Year-round donations of food and money for the Senior Nutrition Program can be made by calling 926-2494.

“Since 1974, there has been a hot lunch program for senior citizens at the City Park Recreation Center...55+ meals are delivered to homebound seniors in the South County (Meals-on-Wheels). Transportation to and from the Mt. Shasta lunch site is also available...The Senior Nutrition Program strives to not only meet the nutritional needs of its senior participants, but also recognizes the importance of socialization and life enrichment. Informational programs, special events, and other activities are a regular component of the senior lunch program schedule.” More...


A Little About MSMAP
MSMAP offers dynamic and modern martial arts training for children, teens, and adults six days each week. More information can be found on their website at, email ( ), phone (530.859.2024), and on Facebook (MSMAP on Facebook). And, learn much, much more about Chuseok.
Go to: Chuseok: Traditions, Games, & Foods

Zippy’s Korean Barbeque
Zippy’s is located at 1750 Pleasant Street in Redding (they’re open until 7pm). Tell them MSMAP sent you!
Go to: Zippy’s Korean BBQ on Facebook

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