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By Helen Ofield

October 2, 2018 (Lemon Grove) -- The clock is ticking and the big cats are on the prowl. 'Tis just 48 days to the Feast of Chili 'n Fixins' sponsored by the Lions Club and the Lionesses of Lemon Grove Soroptimist. At $20 a head, this is the bargain of the year: other people do the cooking. Other people set up, tear down, wash dishes, play music, display prizes, pour libations and see to your party needs.

This is rare (like some of the chili). Most lions are solitary kings of the beasts. But in the pride, lionesses are convivial unless, of course, you're passing up the 2018 Wild Western Round-Up and Chili Cook-Off on Nov. 10 from 6 - 8:30 p.m In which case, you'll be hunted down and dragged in the front door of St. John of the Cross Church Hall, B'way & Chris Columbus, while other guests scream with laughter, or just scream.

You can avoid this fate by emailing that most feline of ticket ladies, You can also pay at the door. But ordering ahead is wiser (see above).

In case you missed the memo, all proceeds support the superb charitable causes both clubs sponsor here in the Big Lemon. So don your khaki, boots, lion hides, incisor necklaces and other adornments and toddle to St. John's for great chow, dancing and oodles of fun. Everyone will be there, including vegetarians for whom the groaning board offers all manner of plant-based fare.

See you there or in the line-up.

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