The 1950s-themed Thumbs Up Café, inspired and led by youth and hosted by Mount Zion United Methodist Church, will open Sept. 20 and also be available the next three Saturdays: Sept. 27, Oct. 4 and Oct. 11.
The church's outreach coordinator, Carol Brown, was approached by her teen grandchildren with an idea for trivia team competitions, according to church member Pat Alfin. "They requested the use of the church side building, used for years for storage, as the perfect site," Alfin wrote in an email. "Wanting to support and encourage their efforts to create their own Saturday night entertainment in a safe setting, Mrs. Brown sought permission from the [church] council members and the project was both authorized and funded."
The church has enthusiastically supported the teens and the building is being transformed into a bona fide entertainment center — complete with stage, sound, club lighting and tables. "Its purpose is to facilitate a youthful idea of fun for area youth in a safe setting, one that will, hopefully, provide an opportunity for teens and their family and friends to enjoy one another's company in an otherwise hectic week of divergent schedules," Alfin wrote.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. for food. Also at 6 p.m., team registration will start for teams of two to 10 people, of all ages.
The trivia competition is slated to begin at about 6:30 p.m., depending on how many people register. First-, second- and third-place team winners will receive gift certificates to local restaurants.
Along with the main stage trivia contest, board games as well as a ping-pong table will be available for play.
Food will be served all four weeks from 6 to 7 p.m. On Sept. 20, soup and sandwiches will be on the menu. Sept. 27 will have chili and a baked-potato bar. Oct. 4 will feature pizza and salad. On Oct. 11, pulled beef and macaroni and cheese will be offered.
Intermission, at about 7:45 p.m., will feature homemade goodies and ice cream floats.
The café will close around 10 p.m.
Admission, parking and the food are free, but donations are welcome.
Reservations are not required, but the church is asking for a response via Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/mtzionupperco.
Mount Zion UMC is at 3800 Black Rock Road, Upperco.
For more information, call Pat Alfin at 410-374-6026.
Meals at Patapsco
Patapsco United Church Methodist Church will have fall dinners on three Saturdays — Sept. 6, Oct. 4 and Nov. 1 — from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the church hall, 2821 Patapsco Road, Patapsco.
The September and November dinners will feature roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw, Harvard beets and green beans. The October menu will be turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, green beans and sauerkraut. All meals are served family-style and come with a choice of a variety of desserts and a drink.
Carryout dinners are available and can be ordered ahead of time.
Quarts of homemade soups will also be available for $6 a quart at each dinner, with ham and bean soup for sale each time along with a selection of two other soups.
The Patapsco UMC Women will be quilting at all three meals with help from members of Everybody's Quilt Guild and some ladies from the Westminster Senior and Community Center.
The prices to eat are $10.50 for adults, $6 for 6- to 12-year-olds, and free for children 5 and younger. Carryout dinners are $11.
For more information, contact Mary Bess Keeney at 410-857-9210.
Jill Murphy covers Hampstead, Manchester and neighboring communities in the North Carroll area. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 443-604-8619.