At this pancake supper in Loch Raven, you may play with your food

Watch out for airborne pancakes at Arnolia United Methodist Church on Feb. 12. Congregants and guests will be competing in the annual pancake toss at the church in celebration of Shrove Tuesday.

Kay Spriggs, coordinator of the Shrove Tuesday pancake supper, explained the competition: "You get a partner and each time the pancake is tossed you have to move farther apart. The last team that hasn't dropped the pancake is the winner."

She said contestants must toss and catch using a spatula and that there are three age groups — up to age 12, teen and adults. The church has been hosting the popular event for nearly 15 years (with a few years off). The prize is usually a large candy bar but, nevertheless, the event is popular. Spriggs added, "it seems that the people really look forward to it, even the people who don't do it are on the sidelines cheering."

The community can join in the fun; the pancake dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. with the pancake toss at 7:15. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for ages 4 to 11 and free for kids three and under. The church is located at 1776 E. Joppa Road. Call the office at 410- 665-7005 for more information.

The church also invites the community to its Ash Wednesday service at 7:30 on Feb. 13.

Good luck to Calvert Hall College High School juniors Calum Briggs, Ryan Burton, Daniel Kumpf and Nathan Wyand; sophomores George Hughey and Chris Iler; freshman Thomas Tennant and moderator, Mrs. Renie Brown, who will compete in the 2013 VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim, Calif. from April 17-20. For this competition, they have teamed up with team from Towson High School and the Supersonic Sparks from the Carroll County 4-H. They will be required to use robots to lift bean bags into troughs and goals.

It only its second year of competition the team qualified for the world competition by winning the Battle of the Bay High School Tournament at the Timonium Fairgrounds on Nov. 17. That event featured 75 teams and was sponsored by Baltimore County Public Schools.

At the world championship, the team will compete against top robotic teams from more than 230 VEX Robotics competition tournaments held from May 2012 to March 2013. The teams will represent the best from around the world.

Readers are invited to the Calvert Hall College Alumni Association bull and oyster roast at the school on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 6 to 10 p.m. Music is by The Mood Swings; tickets are $40 each. Call the school's alumni office at 410 -825-4251 for more information.

Join Martha Requard, music director at St John's Lutheran in Parkville and vocal music teacher at Joppa View Elementary, and sing with the Community Chorus of Overlea and Perry Hall, a nonprofit gruop that provides musical entertainment for senior living facilities throughout the Baltimore area from October through May.

Established in 2004, the group rehearses at Perry Hall United Methodist Church, 9515 Belair Road, on Thursdays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and welcomes new members.

The group will perform concerts at the following locations: Brightview Assisted Living, Feb. 24; the Mercy Villa, March 17; Edenwald, April 20; and Future Care of Canton, May 19. For more information, contact the director at 410-838-5256 or at

It's not too late to acknowledge Immaculate Heart of Mary Church for its community service over the holidays. Thanks to the donation of congregants and students at their school, they made the holidays brighter for sixty families by providing gifts, food, grocery gift cards and Walmart gift cards for the families!

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