The Asian Community Coalition (ACC) at McDaniel College will hold a Taste of Asia cultural dinner at 6 p.m. on Feb. 23, inside the Forum, located in Decker Center on campus.
The Asian Community Coalition (ACC) at McDaniel College will hold a Taste of Asia cultural dinner at 6 p.m. on Feb. 23, inside the Forum, located in Decker Center on campus. (Submitted photo)

The Asian Community Coalition (ACC) at McDaniel College will hold a Taste of Asia cultural dinner at 6 p.m. on Feb. 23, inside the Forum, located in Decker Center on campus.

Tonae Hamilton is president of the college's ACC, which sponsors the event. She said those who attend will sample Asian culture through dance, music and cuisine.


"This year's theme is 'Festival,'" Hamilton said. "There will be festival-themed decorations, a photo booth, and entertainment like fan dancing, Bollywood dancing, music and some songs."

According to Hamilton, the menu for the evening will include Chinese chicken salad, sweet chicken with rice cake, fried spring rolls, dumplings, a Singapore dish called Meesiam and sticky buns for dessert plus beverages.

McDaniel College students, faculty and staff as well as the general public, are invited. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with a buffet-style dinner served at 6 p.m. and performances of dance and music beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $20 to the general public, $10 for McDaniel students and $15 for faculty of McDaniel College.

"We are trying to pay homage to the many festivals of Asia," Hamilton said. "If you want to experience a real live festival, come out and be a part of a traditional experience."

Tickets are limited. Call 410-857-2794 or 301-266-1086 to reserve yours or stop by that evening. Hamilton said if tickets don't sell out with pre-sales they will opt to sell tickets at the door as well.

McDaniel College is located at 2 College Hill in Westminster.

Feb. 28 pancake suppers

If you always have a hard time remembering to have pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, here are two pancake suppers that will make your goal of pancakes easier to accomplish.

Deer Park UMC: On Tuesday, Feb. 28, Deer Park United Methodist Church will host the church's annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper in their Social Hall from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

The cost of $6.50 for adults or $3 for children aged 5 to 12 includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, applesauce, coffee, tea, iced tea, and milk. Children age 4 and under eat free.

The meal will be jointly prepared and served by the Deer Park Methodist Men's Group and the Deer Park Lions Club. The church's Sisterhood group will have a bake table at the event too, with lots of homemade goodies available for purchase.

Church member, Steve Hildenbrand said the supper and the bake table will help to support community charities and church ministry programs.

For further information, contact the church office at 410-848-2313.


Deer Park United Methodist Church, located at 2205 Sykesville Road, Westminster (at the intersection of Deer Park Road and Md. 32).

Trinity Lutheran Church: Look for an all-you-can-eat pancake and waffle supper Feb. 28 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Smallwood

The meal will include pancakes and waffles, with both also available from gluten free mix. The bountiful toppings bar will include cherry, strawberry, blueberry and apple pie toppings, real whipped cream, chopped peanuts, toasted almonds, coconut, powdered sugar, chocolate chips, chocolate sprinkles, multi-sprinkles, cinnamon, cinnamon sugar, and marshmallows. Scrambled eggs and sausage will also be served with beverage choices of orange juice, milk, coffee and tea.

Church member Glenn Goff said there is no charge for the breakfast but a free will offering will be taken with proceeds to benefit the church youth group's trip to the 2018 ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) youth gathering in Houston. And the church youth group will be serving at the meal.

"I have never seen a toppings bar at any fundraising meal that can compete with this one," Goff said, encouraging folks to attend.

Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 833 Deer Park Road, Westminster.

For additional information call 410-848-8923.

Youth Night at the Y

The Hill Family Center Y will hold their monthly, Youth Night on Saturday, March 4, beginning at 6:30 p.m., giving parents and opportunity to have an evening out alone while their kids attend a fun program. This program is held on the first Saturday of every month.

Kids as young as age 3 may attend if they are potty-trained. Children will be split into two groups — ages 3 to 7, and grades 2 to 7 — with an opportunity for all to enjoy sports, computer games, live games, crafts and social time with other children.

The cost to parents is $8 per child, but that does not include food. Pizza and a drink are available at an extra charge of $2 to $3 extra per child, depending on whether they want one or two slices of pizza. The program is open to the community with no cost differentiation between members and nonmembers.

Children should be dropped off by 7 p.m. and may be picked up at any time during the evening. For more information call 410-848-3660 or visit the website at

The Hill Family Center Y is located at 1719 Sykesville Road in Westminster.

Chamber music on the Hill

Experience the magic of music at Chamber Music on the Hill, a Sunday, March 5 concert that showcases faculty of the music department at McDaniel College. The concert begins at 3 p.m. in Decker Center Forum on the campus of McDaniel College.

Faculty members performing are senior lecturer in music Kyle Engler, music lecturer Nicholas Currie, adjunct music faculty member Tim Anderson, senior lecturer in music David Kreider and adjunct music faculty member Donald Horneff.

Look for performances of classical music in a concert of strings, piano and voice, including art songs by Richard Strauss, "Sonata for Violin and Piano" by Gabriel Faure' and compositions for harpsichord, violin and cello, as well as works for four hands at one piano.

Tickets cost $15 for adults, and $10 for seniors, active military members and veterans, and free for children, as well as college students with valid ID.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 410-857-2599. Visit for information about the college and the music department.

McDaniel College is located at 2 College Hill, Westminster.

Lois Szymanski covers Finksburg, Gamber, Pleasant Valley, Reese, Sandymount, Silver Run, Smallwood, Union Mills and Westminster. Reach her at 443-393-7811 or