The Albany Parks & Recreation Department is offering several new cooking classes this fall from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the Albany Senior Center, 489 Water Ave. N.W., with Chef Leonor Rodriguez.

Rodriguez is originally from Texas and of Mexican descent. She specializes in Mexican cuisine and has an extensive background in cooking, creating recipes and sharing her knowledge.    

Each class focuses on a different dish. Students can sign up for one or several sessions:

Oct. 20: Authentic Mexican Desserts

Nov. 10: Mexican Rice and Beans

Dec. 1: Authentic Tamales

Dec. 8: Tortillas

Fees vary according to each menu. Albany residents pay a lower price than students who live outside the city limits, and each student pays a small lab fee for materials.

For the complete fee list, more information and how to register, visit www.cityofalbany.net/parks or call 541-917-7777.

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