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Roaring Twenties gala raises money for healthy cooking sessions

Nanaimo Community Kitchens is taking people back to the roaring 20s during a night of entertainment and fundraising.

The organization hosts its Roaring Twenties 20th anniversary Gala Saturday (Oct. 1) at the Bowen Park Auditorium. People are encouraged to come in costume and immerse themselves in a fun evening of good food, casino game style entertainment, a musical performance by Thrive and a live and silent auction.

“It’s a great evening out with great food and entertainment,” said Anita Smith, executive director of Community Kitchens.

Gala tickets are $50 and available at the Quilted Duck, Cook’s Nook, Turley’s Florist and Diners Rendezvous or at the door.

Smith said the fundraiser will help the organization continue running its programs. Although it receives government funding and grants every year it doesn’t cover all the costs.

Community Kitchens teaches people to make low-cost healthy meals. It offers programs for seniors, pregnant mothers, new immigrants and more. The programs help people learn how to stretch their food dollars, safe food handling and cooking from scratch.

“By cooking together we create a healthy community,” said Smith.

Last year the organization offered 167 cooking sessions, more than 2,100 hours of instruction and cooked more than 4,100 meals. There were a total of 1,240 adult visits to the sessions, which includes repeat visits by some individuals.

For more information about Community Kitchens please call 250-753-7470 or go to www.nanaimocommunitykitchens.org.

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