Along with community representatives from Russia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine, the UAHuntsville M. Louis Salmon Library and The International Society of Huntsville invite one and all to attend MASLENITSA—a Russian Pancake Brunch! The cost is only $5 per person (payable by cash or check at the door), BUT it is requested that attendees RSVP in advance at email@example.com. "Maslenitsa" is also known as Butter Week, Pancake Week, or Cheesefare Week and takes place the last week before Great Lent. It is similar to the Western Carnival, Fasching, or Mardi Gras, except that the Orthodox Lent begins on a Monday, instead of a Wednesday. This year, Maslenitsa runs from 20 – 26 February, which leads to Saturday’s pancake brunch. Closer to crêpes than traditional pancakes as we know them, Russian “pancakes” – called blini or blintzes – may be eaten “straight,” incorporating other ingredients in the batter, or as will be the case at the brunch, topped or rolled and filled with various ingredients. Available fillings will range from honey, sour cream, sugar, and condensed milk to maple syrup, gems, and homemade cottage cheese. In addition to the blini, dishes at the brunch will include smaller pancakes, pirojki (stuffed and somewhat similar to empanadas, though with a ravioli texture), hot and cold black or green tea, water, and kvas, a low-alcohol, fermented product that is treated as a soft drink. Sugar and jam will be available at the “fillings table” for the hot tea. Participants will be able to view various displays and posters on Russia, learning a little history as they listen to Russian music in the background. There will be games to play, one of which will be a quiz to see what all everyone’s learned from the various displays, and live performances are also scheduled. The event is open to the public – but remember, attendees are requested to RSVP IN ADVANCE!