Dancing in Indian garb is Arathy Manoharan at the Taste of Asia, presented by the Asian Community Coalition of McDaniel College, to be held this year on Thursday, Feb. 22.
Dancing in Indian garb is Arathy Manoharan at the Taste of Asia, presented by the Asian Community Coalition of McDaniel College, to be held this year on Thursday, Feb. 22. (Courtesy photo)

Learn about Asian culture while sampling Asian cuisine and enjoying traditional Asian dance and music.

The Asian Community Coalition (ACC) student organization at McDaniel College will host their annual Taste of Asia Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. inside the Decker Center Forum, 2 College Hill in Westminster.

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The theme for this year’s dinner is Asia Through the Ages, offering a way to learn about the traditions that have contributed to the development of contemporary Asian cultures.

In an email interview, Abigail Rose-Craver, a senior from Pottstown, Pennsylvania and president of the ACC said, “This annual dinner is an opportunity to experience and learn more about Asian cultures in a fun and welcoming environment, while enjoying some delicious, authentic cuisine.”

The buffet-style dinner is catered by Ying Thai Cuisine in Westminster, Maryland and will be served at 6:30 p.m. The menu consists of green curry with vegetables, broaster fried chicken, steamed white rice, vegetarian gyoza, pad Thai, coconut ice cream, wonton chips and mango juice.

Student-produced performances will begin at 6:45 p.m. and will include a zodiac skit that tells the story of how the Chinese zodiac animals came to get their order and a skit that discusses the modern aspects of Asian entertainment, including music and dance. In addition, the Tai Yim’s Lion Dancers, members of Tai Yim’s Kung Fu School in New Kensington, will present the ancient lion dance, which is an integral part of Chinese and Southeast Asian cultures.

“This event is important because it allows the Asian student population at McDaniel the opportunity to represent their cultures,” said Rose-Craver. “Additionally, just because it is the Asian Community Coalition does not mean that the ACC is exclusive to the Asian student population as we welcome members who appreciate Asian cultures, regardless of background.”

The ACC hosts this event to promote awareness of Asian cultures, holding it in February because it is in conjunction with Chinese New Year. More information about the ACC can be found on Facebook.

Tickets to the dinner cost $15 and must be purchased in advance. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

For tickets or more information call 410-857-2794 or email ocm@mcdaniel.edu

School’s out on Presidents’ Day, but the fun is in! A special “School’s Out” kids show will be held at the Carroll Arts Center at 11 a.m. on Presidents’ Day, Feb. 19. The show features performer Michael Rosman, a graduate of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Clown College.

Rosman uses an eclectic mix of original comedy, breathtaking skills and chaotic klutziness to inspire audience laughter. A performer for more than 30 years his comedy has engaged people from all walks of life, from the street stage to the “Late Show with David Letterman,” performances in Atlantic City, aboard cruise ships, and in Las Vegas and Reno.

Rosman was the host of the 2004 International Jugglers Association Public Show and is a two-time winner of the prestigious Maryland State Individual Artist Grant. He was recently honored for 20 years of performing and assisting the Harborplace Management as part of their Harborplace street performers program.

Look for props as silly as blenders, and as intense as fire juggling torches and knives, bull whips, 6- and 9-foot unicycles, and be prepared, as he looks for willing audience members to bring onstage.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for Carroll County Arts Council members, seniors age 60 and up, and 18 and under. Groups of 20 may receive a 20 percent discount on tickets.

In case of inclement weather, there is a snow date set for Sunday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m.

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The Carroll Arts Center is located at 91 West Main Street in downtown Westminster. For more information call 410-848-7272 or go to www.CarrollCountyArtsCouncil.org.

The Westminster High School Music Boosters will hold a Basket and Bag Bingo on Friday, Feb. 16 with designer bags like Kate Spade, Coach, Doonie and Burke, Michael Coors and a few Vera Bradly Bags.

This bingo was in my column a few weeks ago but the location was incorrectly reported. Although the bingo is hosted by the WHS Music Boosters, it will be held inside the Gamber fire company social hall.

Boosters bingo committee chairperson, Karen Bates said the prizes will be better than ever.

“We even have a bag from a company called Trades of Hope,” she said. “This is a company that supports women in third world countries who are trying to make better lives for their selves and their families. These are responsibly sourced items supporting women — often artisians — working toward a better life.”

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with games beginning at 7 p.m. at Gamber Fire Company. Proceeds of the bingo will go towards the needs of students who participate in the instrumental music program at Westminster High School

Bates said to look for raffles, special games and door prizes, too. Throughout the evening, attendees will find a variety of foods and baked goods offered for sale.

Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

“This is always one of our biggest fundraisers of the year,” Bates said when asked why folks should check out this bingo. “All of the proceeds go towards all of the music programs at WHS, and it’s for the kids.”

Reserve tickets by emailing whsimbingo@gmail.com or purchasing online at http://owlband.org. Call Karen at 443-974-1715 for more information.

Gamber fire company is located at 3838 Niner Road in Gamber.

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