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What's cookin'?

With last week's heat wave, it is hard to imagine crisp, cool evenings of fall. There are some indications of its arrival, though -- dashes of yellow in poplar trees, the scent of dry foliage and darkness by nine o'clock instead of the lingering light of midsummer. We may still be enjoying family recipes of baked beans at picnics and making easy refrigerator pickles from cucumbers from your garden. And what are some of your favorite ways of utilizing frozen berries during the winter?

All this is leading up to the subject of favorite recipes. Socially Active Seniors is putting together a cookbook of favorite recipes. With fall soon approaching, that makes me think of hearty soups and stews. Perhaps you have some tried and true easy ways of using your crock pot. Then there are casseroles and side vegetable dishes at the Thanksgiving table. Not to mention Christmas traditions of cardamom bread, gingersnaps and so much more.

What would you want your grandchildren and college students to be aware or? Are they eating a diet of mac and cheese, ramen noodles and pizza? Perhaps you can help them demystify preparing food from scratch. You can show them that sauces and gravy can be made in minutes and it's so much more economical! I am certain that you possess a wealth of knowledge worth perpetuating by contributing recipes to the SAS cookbook.

So, please think about it, write some recipes down and hand them to any of our board members or you can pop something in the mail and send it to Socially Active Seniors, P.O. Box 607, Two Harbors, Minn., 55616. We hope to collect all of the recipes by Oct. 1 so they can be printed in the book in time for our annual Harvest Dinner fundraiser to be held on Fri., Nov. 1. Wouldn't that cookbook be a perfect Christmas gift for someone you know?

Our newsletter covering events for Sept. - Dec. will be sent out very soon.

Upcoming events in September include :

Sept. 6 - 7

-MSRA Minnesota Street Rod Association SAS will be selling muffins and coffee for $3 from 8- 11 a.m. and Nathans Polish Dogs, chips and beverage for $5 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., both days at the Community Center. Please call Arna at 218-525-4534 if you would be willing to volunteer.

Sept. 17

Memory Loss Workshop with Gwen Dezelske, Director of the Alzheimer's Association office in Duluth. The event will take place at 1 - 2:30 p.m. at the Community Center. Refreshments will be served. This event is an SAS collaboration with Community Partners.

Sept. 24

Fall Colors trip to Grand Marais The cost will be $15 for transportation and lunch at the Senior Center. Call Arna at 218-525-4534 by Sept. 21 for reservations.

Please note: If you are in need of special assistance, you must be accompanied by a companion or aid who is fully responsible and capable of providing that assistance

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our events this fall.

Arna Rennan is the Activities Director for Socially Active Seniors in Two Harbors Act.