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The LOACC plans to gather from 3-4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, to decorate cookies for our Meals on Wheels participants

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - The holidays provide opportunities to spend time in the kitchen with young ones. Grandparents are encouraged to bring their grandkids to the LOACC for cookie decorating on Dec. 21. One of my favorite memories is of working in the kitchen with my grandma. My duty was mainly washing dishes, but I recall loving it. Imagine that — loving doing the dishes!

Working together in the kitchen or around food can foster great memorable conversations and provide the opportunity to pass on traditions and traditional food recipes.

The Lake Oswego Adult Community Center can't replicate your kitchen, but we can provide an experience for grandparents and their grandkids to decorate holiday cookies together. And the best part is that we do the dishes and clean up the mess!

We plan to gather from 3-4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, to decorate cookies for our Meals on Wheels participants and decorate an extra dozen for you to take home. The cookies will be baked; we will just be doing the decorating and eating.

The fee is $5 for residents and $7 for non-residents. The fee covers a grandparent and grandchild; additional grandchildren can be added for $2.

Baking Christmas cookies is a longstanding holiday tradition; cutout cookies started being a trend in 1906 with the import of cookie cutters from Europe. Join us as we uphold the tradition and decorate cutouts, eat and be merry!

And don't forget to sign up for our Christmas lunch taking place on Wednesday, Dec. 20.

The lunch menu this week features meatloaf on Friday, Dec. 15; Moroccan chicken on Monday, Dec. 18; and the Christmas Celebration feast with prime rib on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Cost is a suggested donation of $4 for those 60 and over and $5 for everyone else.

The LOACC is located at 505 G Ave. in Lake Oswego. A list of activities and support groups can be found at loacc.info, under the Calendar banner. Click on "View the Adult Community Center Calendar" and then the activity for more details. Call 503-635-3758 to register for classes, events, make lunch reservations or schedule a massage.

Marie Bigelow is a program supervisor at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.

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