Sikhs discuss immigrant issues

The Fresno BeeJune 28, 2013 

Valley Sikhs will gather in Selma for a talk on immigration issues affecting them.

The "Immigrant Rights and Issues of Immigrants from India" presentation will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Sikh Center of the Pacific Coast, 2211 Highland Ave.

The Sikh Temple of Selma and the Council of Indian Organizations of the Central Valley are co-hosting the event.

Anu Peshawaria, an Indian- American lawyer with more than 25 years of experience, will give the presentation. She specializes in both Indian and U.S. laws, U.S. immigration, family law and domestic violence. She has offices in Fremont and Seattle.

She is a social and human rights activist and has written several books on immigration, including "The Immigrant's Dream" and "Lives on the Brink: Bridging the Chasm Between Two Great Nations, India and United States."

She served as the legal adviser at the Embassy of India in Washington, D.C. She was recipient of the Award of Excellence in 2012, presented by the California State and Consumer Services Agency, for upholding immigrant rights.

The Selma event is free. Light refreshments will be served.

Details: (559) 269-6974 or 304-2107.

St. Genevieve's celebrates 75th year

A special Mass, reception and banquet July 7 will celebrate the 75th anniversary of St. Genevieve's Catholic Church, 1127 Tulare St.

The church was dedicated on Palm Sunday, April 10, 1938. A homily was delivered in Cantonese during the first Mass.

Today, the red-brick building still features many Chinese design elements, and rosaries are recited in Chinese and English. The church is listed on Fresno's Local Register of Historic Resources.

On July 7, Bishop Armando X. Ochoa of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno will celebrate The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at 10:30 a.m. at the church. A light reception will follow in the parish social hall.

Later that day, a banquet will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Imperial Garden Restaurant, 6640 N. Blackstone Ave., No. 108. Cost is $20, including the church's special anniversary booklet.

Details: (559) 486-2988.

Watkins Family performs at church

The Watkins Family, an acoustic gospel musical group from Toccoa, Ga., will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at Deliverance House of Prayer, 271 N. Abby St.

Judy Watkins and her two adult children, Todd and Lorie, are members of the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame.

The group's latest CD — "Heaven's Worth Waiting For" — features songs that have reached the top 10 for southern, bluegrass or country gospel.

The event also features a performance by Randall Franks, a bluegrass singer and musician. He also is a television actor who is best known for his role in the TV series "In the Heat of the Night."

An offering will be taken at the event.

Details: (559) 930-5989.

Mosque holds bazaar, fashion show

A bazaar and fashion show — Islamic Style from Around the Globe — will be presented Sunday at the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, 2111 E. Nees Ave.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with the bazaar, which features Glimmer khaftans, Pakistani clothing, cultural jewelry and authentic food.

The fashion show starts at 7:30 p.m. Dessert will be provided.

Cost is $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

Details: email or call (559) 297-9535.

Breaking Free hosts visiting pastor

A visiting pastor from San Jose will speak at several special events at Breaking Free Revival Center, 3445 N. First St.

The Rev. Cal Cook Jr., pastor of Golden Altar Ministries World Outreach Church in San Jose, will speak at services at 6 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 p.m. Monday.

He also will talk at a leadership luncheon at 11 a.m. Monday.

Jymme and Lana Foote, pastors of Breaking Free Revival Center, have known Cook for nearly 25 years.

Jymme Foote says people are uplifted by Cook's "wisdom, scriptural insights and prophetic exhortations."

The luncheon is free. Reservations are required.

Details: (559) 291-5317.

Hindu prayers to open Tulare council meeting

A Hindu leader is scheduled to offer a Hindu invocation at the Tulare City Council meeting on Tuesday.

Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism in Reno, Nev., has been reciting verses from ancient Sanskrit scriptures at Valley city council meetings since 2010.

Zed's visits often mark the first time the meetings open with Hindu prayer.

He also is scheduled to open the Hanford City Council meeting Aug. 6.



Ron Orozco covers religion for The Bee. He can be reached at (559) 441-6304 or

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