So a Catholic walks into a Lutheran School fundraiser.
"I saw your sign outside. Are you serving crabs tonight?"
"Come on in. We'll serve anyone."
And with that, the folks at Zion Lutheran Church and school on Park Boulevard brought out the best crab I've had in a long time. It was smoky and succulent, and I didn't need a crab cracker to extract the meat.
This past weekend's crab feed raised more than $4,000 for this venerable K-8 school, which has been serving our community for 130 years. The dinner and auction were just the beginning of a year of events celebrating Zion Lutheran School's 130th anniversary. Volunteers are "bootstrapping" -- as parent Heather Reloj calls it -- to raise money and awareness. Look for upcoming events on the streetside marquee as you drive up Park Boulevard from the Glenview.
Email bag: I've heard from the new owner of 5761 Thornhill Drive -- the former site of Viva Voce Café and a string of other restaurants that have come and gone over the years. Jessica Lasky says she's moving her catering company into the space next to 7-Eleven, a building she bought in foreclosure.
"Everyone, everyday, is coming by asking what's going on. I have lived in Montclair for 20 years, and I simply had no idea how attached everyone was to both the restaurant and that little meeting place down there," she says.
Lasky is looking at options beyond just catering. "My guess is that it wouldn't be a restaurant but something simple and easy with take-away and maybe a few places to sit and eat. Still to be determined ..."
Kid stuff: From robots to tree frogs -- the stuff kids can study at summer camps is really eclectic these days. There's a big summer camp fair at the Scottish Rite Temple from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, sponsored by the American Association of University Women. More than 80 exhibitors will be there -- including camps on cooking, science, acrobatics and critters that slither and croak. Here's the link: http://oaklandpiedmont-ca.aauw.net/campfair.
On stage: It won't be long till we're sitting under the stars watching live theater at Woodminster. The 48th season of summer musicals opens July 11-20 with the pop opera "Les Misérables," followed by "Catch Me If You Can" and the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic "Flower Drum Song." Most of the performers are in the actors union, but tryouts for the rest of the cast are being held March 22-23. Get more information at www.woodminster.com.