By Susan Ohanian, Contributor
July 18, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Or until the food is gone.
Taquitos and chips with salsa and guacamole, Tex-Mex salad combo with pasta, corn, black beans and tomatoes, and Ruth’s Boston crème cake.
Thursday July 21, Pick up: 10-11 a.m.
Beefsteak with mushroom sauce, mashed potatoes, broccoli florets and pumpkin cookie.
Remember: You must register for this meal by Monday. Call 802-425-6371 or send an e-mail.
July 25, 11:30 a.m.-12-30 p.m.
Chicken taco salad, chips and salsa and rainbow sherbet.
Thursday, July 28, Pick up: 10-11 a.m.
Breaded chicken breast with tarragon sauce, mashed cauliflower, spinach and a craisin and date cookie
For Monday Munches, a $5 donation is appreciated. Age Well provides the Thursday meals with no charge, but they always appreciate donations, too.
Bienvenides! Nuestra casa es su casa. Extend a nod to ancient Aztecs for the appearance of salsa at both Monday Munches.
We can also thank the Aztecs for guacamole: This wild avocado plant in the fruit family is native to Mexico, dating between 7,000 and 5,000 B.C. As you enjoy your guacamole, know that of all fruits, the avocado is highest in protein. Guacamole Day is celebrated on the same day as Mexican Independence Day, Sept. 16.
You can find lots of guacamole songs streaming on the Internet. Let’s go with Sesame Street’s “Do the Guacamole” at YouTube.
Then, celebrate the spirit of both Monday meals by singing “South of the Border” along with Gene Autry, who introduced the song in the 1939 movie of the same name.
Special Wednesday lunch
July 20, noon-1 p.m.
Chef Arnd and his team from the Residence at Shelburne Bay are returning to provide this special meal. To reserve your place, call 802-425-6345 or stop by the reception desk at the senior center from July 11 to noon on July 18. Stay tuned: This fantastic crew is coming back in August.
Please think about the fact that putting on lunches at the senior center involves lots of people. Whether it’s shopping for tomatoes, peeling onions or washing dishes, come lend a hand.
Food for the mind
As you enjoy good food at the Charlotte Senior Center, consider contributing to food for the mind for a Charlotte child. Take a young friend to the Little Free Library outside the Grange to choose a book to take home.
Research shows that when children choose their own books, very good things happen. The Little Free Library stocks titles for toddlers to teens.