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Brick-a-Brack open for food, fellowship

November 26, 2013
Kelli Kleppe - Reporter , Dysart Reporter

The Brick-a-Brack community center has been doing something really awesome the last few months. As many of you may know, "The Gathering Place" used to be located inside the building. When The Gathering Place decided to close down, the ladies who work in the Brick-a-Brack building knew they couldn't just close the doors on what had become a wonderful meeting place for several people in the community.

Running a full-service restaurant was out of the question, as it would require too much time and other responsibilities to keep it running. This is where the idea for a "Community Center" type of place came into play. Everyday from 7-3 they open the doors to a "Free-Will" based establishment. There is always something for breakfast, whether it be bagels, cinnamon rolls, or eggs and bacon. You can come enjoy hot coffee and a wonderful breakfast. Lunch is also served daily. There is no menu, there is just a different special everyday for you to enjoy! At the Brick-a-Brack community center, you will surely always find food, fellowship, and friends.

The ladies who work in the Brick-a-Brack building all take turns and have a day they cook lunch. Friday is always pizza! So far the free will donations have been enough to cover the food costs, and utilities. Breaking even is all these wonderful ladies want out of the hard work they have put into keeping this going. Although it takes a lot of time to clean and cook, based on the support from the community the ladies know they are doing it right!

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Several regulars come everyday, and some people just stop once and awhile. You are more than welcome to come donate what you can and take a meal to go, or you can sit and enjoy the company of others. Some people will come and eat lunch, and then grab a second one to-go and take it to someone in town who is unable to cook for themselves. This provides a break from having to cook for one, or sit at home and eat lunch alone. On any given day, you will find regulars who like to sit and enjoy coffee, or you will see different card clubs playing in the afternoons. It has almost become a check-in point for some people. If the ladies who run it don't see some of the daily regulars, they might give them a call just to make sure they are doing okay. Every Wednesday they have began a open knitting event where you can come and either learn or teach how to knit and enjoy food and the company of others! Open knitting begins around 10 and lasts until whenever people need to be on their way.

The space is also available for rent if you would like to reserve it for different events such as baby or wedding showers, or even church or graduation parties. With there being a full kitchen and plenty of room for guest it is a great location to have an event or party. They ladies at the Brick-a-Brack community center are always looking for volunteers. Anyone who has a spare few hours to come clean or help out is greatly appreciated, and this will help ensure the future of the center!

On Saturday and Sunday Czech Point, a restaurant from Clutier comes and runs a full service restaurant. They serve breakfast and lunch, there is a full menu and wait staff just like a normal restaurant. This gives the volunteers and break on the weekend and provides yet another wonderful place to enjoy food and gathering with friends.



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