While the Area 30 culinary arts class learns about gourmet cooking each year, instructor Mary Ann Birt also finds a number of ways to get them involved in the community while practicing their new skills. Two of these include Friday lunches at the Ivy Gallery and in taking part in Cooking 101 classes presented by the Purdue Extension Service. The first Ivy Gallery meal will take place at noon this Friday at Area 30 door number five with a meal of sweet potato soup, roasted root vegetables, sautéed collard greens, roasted pork and a choice of apple dumplings, chocolate fudge torte or pumpkin sheet cake with cream cheese icing. Cost is $10.75. The meal will feature produce from local farmer Bobby Zaring. For more information, contact Birt at 653-3515. The Cooking 101 class will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 and will focus on appetizers. The program costs $5. Reservations for Cooking 101 should be made at 653-8411. Busy preparing themselves for the events recently are (from left) Tyler White, Thomas Gross, Ron Palmer, Birt and Brianna Donner.