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Fish fry ‘hooks’ crowds, workers

Community: Event will benefit nonprofits and needy

Posted: February 9, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 9, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Corrie Malinka and Fr. Olin Mayfield in the midst of the serving action.

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Travers made his plea, not just because it takes hundreds of dedicated workers to produce close to 7,700 fish fry dinners over the course of six weeks, but because it is also an opportunity to get involved in giving back to the community.

Last Sunday’s bulletin reinforced his plea with the headlines:  “St. Clare will get you, hook, line and sinker!”  

The brief article urged those who have never volunteered before to consider it, as they would “be hooked.” 

With the goal of reeling in new and old volunteers, Travers said the annual fish fry is a great place to make new friends, as people prepare for, cook, serve and clean up after the weekly dinners.

Last year, members of the congregation volunteered 5,800 hours.

This year, Travers said   St. Clare’s has 5,000 pounds of fish waiting for delivery.

This is the 34th annual St Clare’s Lenten Fish Fry. It is one of the longest consecutively running events in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The volunteer hours will be used to prepare the beer-battered fish, rice pilaf, coleslaw and French fries that are served each week, he said.

Other volunteers are also sought as servers and for clean up duties.

“The fish fries are truly a community event, with loyal sponsors noted on the placemats, friends already planning to meet up for dinner or simply running into each other each year as they help out or come to eat dinners with their family,” said Travers.

The goal of the annual fish fry is to raise funds to help community services, such as the Bridge to Home shelter, the SCV Food Pantry, the San Fernando Valley Family Counseling Center and individuals who need assistance. 

Crowds normally gather early to wait in line for the weekly Lenten tradition that will start this year on Friday, Feb. 24 and continue each Friday through March 30. 

Dinner service begins at 4:30 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. 

A 2-piece dinner is $8.50, while the 3-piece dinner is $9.50. Take out meals are also available.

Each week a different community group sponsors the dessert table.

Among the sponsors of the dessert table are: The Wives of the Knights of Columbus; R.C.I.A.; Cub and Boy Scouts; Youth Ministry; Mission Circle; and the Spanish Ministry.

The Knights of Columbus will man a bar that offers soft drinks, water and beer and wine.

St. Clare Catholic Church, 19606 Calla Way, Canyon Country. Information: www.st-clare.org or the Church office (661)252-3353.

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