A rabbi/independent filmmaker from Stony Brook, N.Y., is coming to Fresno to give a lecture.
David Nesenoff will speak at a Chabad of the Central Valley event on Monday, Oct. 21, at Chabad of Fresno, 1227 E. Shepherd Ave. The gathering also will honor and bid farewell to longtime community supporters Lee and Jeri Horwitz.
The theme is "A Story of Humor, Danger, Spirituality, Media Bias, and Cyber-Hatred."
Nesenoff, author of "David's Harp" and publisher of RabbiLIVE.com, is on a world tour, speaking on anti-Semitism, Israel, media and the Middle East.
He is known for an interview in June 2010 with Helen Thomas, the late dean of the White House press corps, who he recorded on video making a controversial remark.
The Fresno event begins with hors d'oeuvres at 6:45 p.m. The lecture starts at 7:30 p.m.
Cost is $18 in advance or $25 at the door. Cost for students and seniors is $10. Reservations are needed. Details: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (559) 288-3048.
Churches host food bazaars, festivals
The area's faith community is busy preparing to host annual food bazaars and festivals.
Good Shepherd Lutheran's Oktoberfest is today (Sunday, Oct. 20) at the church, 5140 N. Fruit Ave.
The event begins at 6 p.m. with dancing and live music in the church's Community Center. Music will be provided by an Oompa band.
Visitors will proceed at 7 p.m. to the church's Jacobson Hall for bratwurst and a full German meal. Homemade beer also is available.
Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. Proceeds go to the church's Memorial Garden.
Seating is limited. Reservations are needed. Details: (559) 449-0129.
St. Paul Catholic Newman Center's International Food Festival is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the church, 1572 E. Barstow Ave.
The event features a variety of foods, live entertainment, children's activities and hand-crafted items. Tickets will be sold at the event for $1 to be used toward buying food and drinks. Proceeds benefit church ministries.
Entrance is free. Details: (559) 436-3434.
Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church's 63rd annual Food Bazaar is Friday in the church's social hall, 2226 Ventura St.
The event features traditional Armenian delicacies — cheese boreg, kufta, choreg, khadaif and paklava — that are prepared by the church's women.
Doors open at 10 a.m. Lunch is served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost is $14 for shish kebab or $12 for chicken kebab. Dinner is 5-8 p.m. Cost is $15 for shish kebab or $14 for chicken or lulu.
Food also is available for take-out and drive-thru. Details: holytrinityfresno.org or (559) 486-1141.
Fresno Buddhist Temple's Ginza Food Bazaar is 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Family Dharma Center, 2690 E. Alluvial Ave.
The event features traditional Japanese dishes à la carte or in take-out boxes as well as entertainment, kendo demonstrations, a Buddhist bookstore, giftware and collectibles.
Admission is free. Details: email email@example.com or call (559) 442-4054.
Event honors professor at Fresno Pacific
A professor at Fresno Pacific University received the Charles W. Colson Justice That Restores Award at the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program of the Central Valley's recent 30th anniversary dinner at the school's Ashley Auditorium.
Ron Claassen, professor of peacemaking and conflict studies as well as leadership studies, founded VORP of the Central Valley in 1982. He also founded the school's Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies in 1990.
Also recognized for their work for VORP were volunteers Ed Barton and Gabriel Hernandez, former VORP director Noelle Nightingale and Fresno County Superior Court Judge David Gottlieb.
Faith in Community to hold honoree luncheon
Faith in Community will hold its annual Heart of the City honoree luncheon/fundraiser at noon today (Oct. 20) at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church's social hall, 5770 N. Maroa Ave.
Honorees are Lucy Allen, a faith in community leader at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church and Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries.
Unity of Fresno plans film showing
The film "What is New Thought?" will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Unity of Fresno sanctuary, 315 W. Shields Ave.
Cost is $5. Seating is limited. Reservations are needed. Details: (559) 227-1889.
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