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The inviting aroma of hot pancakes and sausage attracted a lively crowd to the Brunswick Optimist Club's annual Pancake Breakfast and Kids Fair at the Brunswick Rec Center February 15.

Young and old alike - children, parents, grandparents, and friends - enjoyed the very family-oriented event that featured a hot, hearty breakfast provided by Danbury Senior Living, cooked by Optimists Tina Grant, Steve Anderson, Kristyn Petty, Patti Conley, Dean Holman, and Brandon Kramer.

Towslee Elementary third grade teachers, Terry Wright and her daughter Abbey Chuvelin, did face painting while granddaughter Lena Chuvelin watched. Wright's mother, the late Barbara Lassond, was also a Brunswick third grade teacher; Wright hopes Lena will someday continue the family tradition.

While the guests ate and socialized in the friendly setting, familiar artist Nate the Great was moving through the large room designing intricate balloons creations for the children. The youngsters were further entertained in three separate craft rooms where they could color large posters, paint suncatchers, fish for prizes in the "rubber pond," and create original-design doorknob hangers and booksmarks under the guidance of high school students and adult volunteers.

Another significant and much-anticipated highlight of this event was the appearance of Mickey and Minnie Mouse (aka Molly Wood and Andrea Schieberl). While a few of the very youngest toddlers were a bit shy, most of the little ones anxiously interacted with the celebrities, giving them hugs and high-fives, dancing "The Floss" together, and showing obvious delight to be having photos taken with the iconic figures.

All the members of the Optimist Club pooled their efforts and talents and baked a wonderful array of homemade goodies that were available for purchase during the event.

The Brunswick Optimist Club is well-known in the community for its many projects that mainly focus on children, including hosting a real fishing derby at a Brunswick lake, providing backpacks and school supplies, recognizing outstanding students at all grade levels with a youth appreciation luncheon, and hosting oratorical and essay contests. In addition, Optimists pay tribute to law enforcement officers in the community.

For information about membership call 216-551-8225 or visit www.optimistclubofbrunswick.weebly.com