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Posted on Fri, Feb 3, 2012 : 3 p.m.

Events for kids and grown ups at the Pittsfield Grange can help you get cooking and get making

By Jim and Janice Leach

Two upcoming events at the Pittsfield Grange will have kids and grown-ups cooking and making together.

"Cook dinner with your kids" happens on Sunday, Feb. 5 from 2-4:30 p.m. Adults and kids 7 and older will cook an entree together. The child participant could be a child, grandchild, nephew or neighbor.

Adults and children will learn to cook a balanced one-dish meal from mostly-local ingredients. All ingredients and equipment are supplied. Participants can enjoy their meal at the Grange or take it home for dinner later in the evening.

On the menu is Salsa Skillet Dinner. Both meat and vegetarian options will be available.

The event hosts note that this entree would be great as part of Super Bowl buffet, if that is part of your evening plans. Bring a container if you plan to take your share home instead of eating at the Grange.

This workshop is free for Grange members and their kids. For non-members, prices are $15 for one adult and one child; $20 for one adult and 2-3 children. Please, no more than three children per adult. Email about kids under 7. RSVP as soon as possible here.

The second event is an opportunity on Feb. 8 for parents and children to hear about the new Junior Makers program offered at the Pittsfield Grange. The Maker movement is gaining momentum across the country, with people learning hand skills like woodworking, metalworking, sewing and building electronics.

The Junior Makers program is a starting point for young people and parents to learn basic skills together. This meeting will explain how the program is set up, when meetings will be and what children and parents will learn at meetings. Come with any questions you have.

The evening starts with an optional potluck supper at 6:30 p.m. The Maker program begins at 7:15. No RSVP is needed. This event is free.

Both events take place at the Pittsfield Grange at 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor.

Janice and Jim Leach tend a backyard plot in downtown Ann Arbor, where they try to grow as many vegetables and other plants as possible. For the last four years, they've published gardening tips, photos and stories at their 20 minute Garden website.