Surja Tjahaja is a highly experienced cook, teacher and businessman, and his talents are often featured on the KOIN 6 local news.

He also partners with our own Barb Randall, columnist of “Lifting the Fork,” which appears in this paper. His cuisine background includes French, Italian, Japanese, Southeast Asian and American. He will teach a cooking class on pepes from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 29.

What is pepes you ask? Pepes is an Indonesian cooking method where you use banana leaves to wrap and cook food. Surja is going to demonstrate pepes with salmon and miso paste. The cost is $50 for members and you won’t leave hungry. Call the center at 503-635-3758 to register.

Call the center to register for classes, events and make lunch reservations. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a suggested donation of $4 for those 60 and older and $5 for everyone else.

Take advantage of the AARP Tax Assistance Program. Trained volunteers prepare simple federal and state tax returns free of charge via e-filing. Registration is required and space is limited.

The LOACC fitness room is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Center membership and orientation is required to access equipment.

Contact the center for more information.

Here are some of the activities coming up at LOACC in the coming week:

Friday, March 21

Marge and Friends will be serving caesar salad, cod and chocolate macaroons. And the best way to top off a meal is with a movie — join us at 1 p.m. for “Stowaway” circa 1936, a musical adventure starring the talented Shirley Temple and Robert Young. Don’t miss it.

Monday, March 24

Frank Heyl will describe his years in World War II and how it led to him designing clothing that will keep people warm in frosty temperatures. Come listen to his incredibly interesting journey from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The most delicious broccoli slaw will be served with pulled pork and thumbprint cookies by the Newcomers Welcome Club.

Tuesday, March 25

Every Tuesday and Thursday we provide respite, a time for music, lunch, story sharing and other activities. This offers caregivers a break to do errands, relax or catch up on some needed sleep. Call Berta at the center to register for the program.

Wednesday, March 26

Lunch is not complete without J-E-L-L-O, but first eat a wonderful spinach salad with beef stew served by City Slickers. The arthritis support group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, March 27

Allow your talents to create knit hats for children with our Creative Hands group. They meet from 9:30 a.m. to noon. They work on yarn projects that are then given to nonprofit organizations. Scrabble meets from 1 to 3 p.m.

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