Fundraiser participants can expect colorful experience

"An explosion of color" is how St. John Catholic School PTO President Deborah Kennedy described their first Mardi Gras March 5-K Race and Breakfast, scheduled for March 1 at the school.

This benefit event, a color run sponsored by the PTO, is open to the public.

"A color run is a run where, at every mile mark, you run through the chalk line and get a burst of colored chalk sprayed on you. That's three times within the 5-K," Kennedy said. "The colors will be green, yellow and purple. Green and yellow are our school colors, and purple adds to the festiveness."

Participants are asked to wear a white T-shirt. "The chalk dust is sprayed on your T-shirts as you run through and you end up with a beautiful rainbow T-shirt," Kennedy said of the nontoxic chalk dust spray.

"We will be handing out colorful Mardi Gras beads at the end of the race, too," she said.

Race-day registration opens at 7:30 a.m. Runners can expect a shotgun start at 8:30.

The fun and festive untimed race will take place on the campus of St. John Catholic School, 43 Monroe St., Westminster.

The cost is $30 per runner and preregistration is encouraged.

"For that $30 runners get the colorful run, beads, and breakfast and music afterwards," Kennedy said. "And we will have T-shirts [included in the runner's fee] until they run out."

For breakfast, there will be pancakes, bananas, coffee and juice in the school cafeteria, according to Kennedy.

"We are having a deejay with fun, festive music for a party atmosphere," she said.

The race is open to all ages. Kennedy said folks can do it at their own pace. "Some will want to walk it, or walk a little, run a little. Others will go for it, full speed," she said.

Proceeds from the 5-K will benefit St. John Catholic School, supporting its tuition assistance program, funding technology updates at the school and more.

"After a long winter, the Mardi Gras March 5-K event will be a unique and healthy way to kick off the coming spring," Kennedy said. "I can't think of a better way to bring the community together for a colorful workout and a party."

For more information on the Mardi Gras March 5-K Race and Breakfast, visit http://www.5K.SJWESTschool.org or contact Ann Markulis at 410-848-0621.

Country breakfast

The Church of the Ascension will have its monthly Country Breakfast Buffet from 7 to 11 a.m. March 1.

"We have our breakfast the first Saturday of every month except January," said Cheryl Vecera, parish administrator.

The all-you-can-eat menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, egg and ham casserole, cream chipped beef, sausage gravy and biscuits, grits, fruit, pastries and beverages.

"We have the best cream chipped beef in town. People come here for the cream chipped beef," Vecera said. "Everything is homemade."

The cost is $7 for ages 9 and older, and $3 for 4- to 8-year-olds. The meal is free for children 3 and younger.

Vecera said the breakfasts have caught on and grown, now averaging between 175 and 200 people monthly.

The church is at 23 N. Court St., Westminster.

For more information, call 410-848-3251.


Taste of Asia dinner

McDaniel College's Asian Community Coalition student organization will have its annual Taste of Asia dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Decker Center Forum at the college.

Learn about Asian culture while sampling Asian cuisine, listening to music, watching the fan dance and participating in a trivia game.

"People may not realize all the cuisine that is related to Asian culture," said Cheryl Knauer, director of media relations at the college. "This gives them a chance to sample a lot of different dishes."

Tickets cost $20. For more information or tickets, which must be purchased by Wednesday, email acc@mcdaniel.edu or call 410-857-2290.

McDaniel College is at 2 College Hill, Westminster.