The Astoria Senior Center, 1111 Exchange St., announces its 19th annual Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 17.

The public is welcome to visit and enjoy refreshments prepared and served by the Tongue Point Job Corps Culinary Program. The students, under the guidance of Chef Michael Geurds, have been working for many days on the menu for the event. Geurds said they are quite excited to be able to show the community what they can do, and has told the Senior Center that the presentation will be on par with "any offerings on a cruise ship." Much of the food has been donated by contributors to the Senior Center.

Paula Fisher, part-time manager at the Center, encourages everyone to drop in and enjoy the food, good company and music, meet the seniors of Astoria, see the newly renovated facility and join in the merriment. Anyone who is interested in becoming a member of the Senior Center may join Oct. 17 and receive a membership good through the end of 2004.

"There are many benefits to being a member," said Astoria Senior Center President Helen McDaniel, "not the least of which are making new friends, taking interesting trips and enjoying life."

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