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On the Town: Souplantation is first up in charity 'Dine Out'

January 30, 2013|By Ruth Sowby
  • Dining out at the Souplantation for charity are, from left, Glendale Assn. for the Retarded Foundation Director Rita Hopkins and board members Stela Fejtek and Paolo Sacca.
Dining out at the Souplantation for charity are, from… (Photo by Ruth Sowby )

If the Souplantation didn't tickle your taste buds, the "Soup-er Bowl" at Glendale's First Baptist Church was also available this week. On Sunday (Jan. 27), the church opened the first weekend of its annual Missions Festival with plenty of soup ladled out in the church's fellowship room. Association Pastor Matt Andrews gave the blessing on the food. Pastor Charles Updike made sure the soup didn't run out. One of the first in line out of some 120 parishioners present was Glendale resident Helene Capri. She was served by Sabrina Bermudez, 16.

Sabrina and the other 14 members of the church's youth program will benefit from the $5 suggested donation for each meal. The funds will help the kids go to their Winter Youth Retreat at Cedar Falls camp near Big Bear. Most of those 15 young people from seventh grade through high school were this morning's table decorators, food preparers, servers and cleanup crew. Hard worker Andres Hernandez, 11, did a little bit of everything. Lucas Dieudonne, 8, held the donations bucket.

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Church Accounts Administrator Teena Frazier corralled the kids and made the spaghetti soup. Master chef/parishioner Steve Jensen cooked up the clam chowder and bean soups. Soup aficionados had the chance for fellowship and filled tummies on a cold, rainy morning.

For a night on the town, try the Glendale Assn. for the Retarded's “Let's Dine Out” Charity Nights. The first four restaurants in the 2013 series of “Nights” was just announced. First up was the Souplantation in Atwater Village. On Wednesday (Jan. 23) several booths of soup- and salad-lovers joined GAR staffers for fun and profit. The restaurant donates a percentage of GAR diners' checks to the organization.

Glendalians willing to make the hop, skip and jump to Atwater included Wanda Bistagne, Jane Tritt and Frank Ramos of Casa De Ramos Restaurant fame. His ever-lovin' Dolores Ramos was at his side. Frank has a brother-in-law who is a GAR client. GAR VIPs present were Foundation Director Rita Hopkins and board members Stela Fejtek and Paolo Sacca.

More restaurants in GAR's lineup are the Granville Café in the Americana and the Capri in Eagle Rock.

Next in the series is Shakers Family Restaurant. Mark it on your calendar for Feb. 27.

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Two watercolor classes offered through Glendale's Lifetime Learning classes are standing room only with a waiting list that outstrips many of Parks and Recreation's other courses.

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