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Assist the Assistance League at lasagna lunch

If you don’t have lunch plans for Valentine’s Day, the Assistance League of Salem-Keizer has you covered, and your meal will do more than just fill you up.

Maria Mokrai and Tricia Niebergall came to Holding Court to fill us in on the 47th annual Lasagna Lunch, set for 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Willamette Heritage Center Spinning Room.

The Assistance League, powered by 400 volunteer members, devotes its time and resources to serve students in the Mid-Valley attending both Salem-Keizer Public Schools and private schools.

Mokrai and Niebergall told us that the organization served 34,000 students last year, and by attending this lunch you can help them continue their efforts.

Salad, breadsticks, lasagna and your choice of dessert are on the menu, and you can wash that down with some coffee or tea.

All the while, the room will be filled with musical performances by the string quartets from McKay and Sprague high schools, Corban University’s sax quartet and cellist Dr. Joseph Harchanko. Plus, there will be $1,300 worth of free raffle prizes up for grabs, donated from various area businesses.

Tickets are $25, and the ladies told us that $15 of the ticket price is tax deductible. They can be purchased online at www.assistanceleague.org/salem-keizer, at the event or in person at Daue House Gift Shop (1095 Saginaw St. S), Encore Furniture (1198 Commercial St. SE) or any Roth’s location.

You can dine in at the Spinning Room or get take-out service at the Dye House. You can also participate in the pay-it-forward option, which means you buy a ticket without attending. That food will then be donated to Union Gospel Mission and St. Francis Shelter.