It’s pancake time in LJ

If munching flapjacks, socializing with friends and neighbors and helping charitable causes is your thing, you can indulge yourselves Saturday, during La Jolla Kiwanis Club’s 46th annual pancake breakfast.

The fun runs from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect St.

Guests will be treated to all-you-can-eat blueberry pancakes, sausage, milk, coffee and juice. Cost is $10. Children 10 and under are admitted free.

“It will be starting a half-hour earlier this year,” said event chair Brant Westfall. “This is basically our gift back to La Jolla for supporting us throughout the year.”

More than 1,000 guests are expected for the annual community fest, which was first held on Girard Avenue in a bank parking lot across from the Cove Theater (now Lignet-Roset).

There will be raffle drawings and beach prizes at the breakfast, as well as live entertainment furnished by oldies band “The Sandbaggers.”

“We’re expecting a record crowd because of the weather,” said Trent Bonner, La Jolla Kiwanis president. “There will be a raffle for approximately 50 gifts donated by La Jolla merchants, and pony rides, face painting and an Astrojump for kids.”

Staging the annual pancake breakfast is a monumental undertaking requiring some 120 gallons of orange juice, 400 pounds of pancake batter, 250 pounds of sausage, 24 gallons of syrup and 60 pounds of blueberries.

Kiwanians note breakfast patrons can have flapjacks their way. If someone is willing to bring a special ingredient, club members will be pleased to put them in a pancake. Odd combinations like peanut butter - even beer - have been used in the past. Blueberry-chocolate makes an exotic mix. Though one word of caution: It can be messy. Strawberries work pretty well, too.

Bonner noted La Jolla Kiwanis gives out more than $125,000 annually through the La Jolla Kiwanis Foundation. “We recently gave $500 to Fresh Start, an organization that rebuilds the faces of horribly disfigured kids,” he said. “It’s a constant thing: giving to the community.”

Founded in 1925, Kiwanis Club of La Jolla, a service organization dedicated to promoting causes benefiting youth, annually raises more than $125,000 through events such as its Pancake Breakfast, The La Jolla Half Marathon, The La Jolla Junior Olympics and the Rough Water Swim. The group meets Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. at La Jolla Presbyterian Church, 7715 Draper Ave.

For more information about Kiwanis Club of La Jolla call Bonner or Megan McAllister at (858) 454-6512 or visit the club’s Web site at