Heating up the grill for some pancakes

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By Special to the Monitor

The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos is offering the chance to sleep late, forget about washing dishes and still get breakfast for your entire family.

The Kiwanis Club will hold a pancake breakfast from 7 - 11 a.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

The proceeds will be used to support Kiwanis service projects — projects which include, among other things, thousands of dollars in scholarships each year for Los Alamos High School students headed to college, a breakfast for graduates on Senior Appreciation Night, the Los Alamos County Fourth of July fireworks, Kiwanis prizes for outstanding Science Fair entries, Breakfast with Santa and a Christmas party for foster children.

The breakfast will include scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, pancakes, orange juice, coffee and milk. Those holding tickets may go back for refills until the food runs out.

Los Alamos County’s oldest service club has been offering these breakfasts periodically since the 1950s.

Kiwanians come back again and again to put on these breakfasts. Members said they enjoy the fellowship of working hard together; they get a kick out of seeing most of the town (and many of their friends) show up; they keep well in mind all those good projects that will be financed by the money flowing into the cash box; and they value their customers — especially those who come to pancake days again and again.

May 3, the breakfast chairman will be John Arrowsmith. He’s an experienced chief for pancake days.

Lana Schulte, retired county extension agent and chairwoman of “at least half a dozen” pancake breakfasts, offers some advice for the hungriest of pancake eaters: Don’t arrive too close to quitting time if you want to be served some of everything and you hope for an opportunity for seconds.

“When you’re doing a fund-raiser,” she explained, “you don’t want leftovers. You have nowhere to store things.

“You try to make everything last to the end, but eventually, you have to accept reality when the ‘featured dishes’ start running out, one by one. Usually, the first item to disappear is the sausages.”

Tickets cost $6 for general admission, $5 for senior citizens and $4 for children. They may be bought in advance from any Kiwanian or purchased at the door on the day of the event.