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Cooking demonstration to be part of Ageless Expo this Saturday

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The 15th annual Ageless Expo this year will for sure be sizzling.

Dave Freiday, chef from the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center, will do a cooking demonstration on stage at the expo scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Forestview Middle School, located on Knollwood Drive off of Crow Wing County Road 48 in Baxter.

The expo is sponsored by the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center, KLKS Radio and Brainerd Community Education.

Freiday will prepare his famous 16-item hot dish that can also be made a vegetarian hot dish. The regular hot dish includes chicken, American cheese, egg noodles and cashews and the recipe will be on hand at the expo. 

Freiday said he will show participants at 12:30 p.m. how to preserve the extra portions of their meals when they’re cooking for one or two. Freiday also will discuss food safety since the elderly attend church banquets frequently.

“I will be leaving the demonstration wide open for questions,” said Freiday. “People will be able to ask me anything.”

Freiday has been the chef at the senior center for 18 months, but he has cooked since he was 13. He has cooked at restaurants, but mainly in institutions, including Excelsior Place and Hackensack Senior Class.

DeAnn Barry, senior center director, said the cooking demonstration will be a fun way to educate seniors on cooking.

Barry said the expo offers something new every year and there is always information available on several topics relating to senior citizens.

“It is the access to information that is the purpose behind the Ageless Expo,” said Barry. “It’s our hope that individuals age 50 and up will find a value to the information that they have available at the expo. If they find an exercise program, dance group or a volunteer opportunity in the community that is a good fit for them, those are added benefits. 

“Everyone should attend the expo, even if you have been to it before. The fun part about coordinating it every year it is different. Exhibitors, workshop topics and entertainment groups change each year. This year, we have some great exhibitors for the younger senior.”

New exhibitors this year’s include Joan Peterson of FitQuest Athletic Club to do a Silver Sneakers class in the front lobby area; and Erik Paulson, from PTS Tours, who’ll give tips on senior group travel. Exhibitors will be in the cafetorium at Forestview.

Entertainers will include Ray’s Promanaders, the Country Singers and Paulette Berry on piano.

Scheduled workshops include a presentation on Alzheimer’s from representatives of Lakes Area Memory Advocates Association; What Makes a Healthy Heart from Dr. Tim Dirks, Minneapolis Heart Institute; Ready to Explore Medicare from Sharon Notch, UCare; and Aging in Place from a representative Lakewood Health System.

Barry said the event is geared for those ages 50 and up, but individuals younger will find items of interest also. 

“You may be planning for the care of a senior loved one or just have a senior friend who doesn’t know what is available in the community and  information at the expo will be helpful,” said Barry.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at or 855-5851.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.