Orozco: Mormons again lend helping hands

The Fresno BeeApril 18, 2014 

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the central San Joaquin Valley again will perform community services projects in conjunction with the annual Mormon Helping Hands Day of Service statewide efforts.

Today, April 19, Valley LDS members will clean up the Fancher Creek Trail, make improvements to the recreation area at Avocado Lake and paint a long, wooden fence along the Armstrong Avenue greenway in Clovis from Shaw to Bullard avenues.

On April 26, they will clean, prune and weed at the Fresno Regional Sports Complex on West Jensen Avenue and help with work around the Woodward Park area, including the bird sanctuary, Sugar Pine Trail and MacMichael Loop of the river bottom trail.

Thousands of LDS members throughout the state annually participate in the Mormon Helping Hands Day of Service, working with service, faith and community groups in their areas.

Details: www.mhhcalifornia.org.

Sikhs prepare for festival in Caruthers

A Vaisakhi Mela celebration that is geared toward Valley Sikh children is scheduled 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, April 20, at 2025 W. Clemenceau Ave. in Caruthers.

Vaisakhi, also known as Baisakhi, marks the beginning of the new year for people in north India, especially Sikhs in the state of Punjab, India.

The occasion is characterized with Sikhs thanking God for the abundant harvest and praying for future prosperity.

The Caruthers event focuses on children, featuring cultural events with games, rides, food, kids' crafts, turban competition, tug-of-war, face-painting, food booths and the depiction of traditional village scenes in Punjab.

There also will be a free medical clinic and blood drive.

Everyone is welcome. There is no entrance or parking fee.

Details: email, FresnoSikhAdvocacy@gmail.com or call, (559) 906-7403.

South Valley children to sing Bible chapters

A musical production — featuring the singing of five chapters of the book of Hebrews to music — will be performed at 2 and 7 p.m. April 26 in the Central Valley Christian School auditorium, 5600 W. Tulare Ave., Visalia.

Seventy members of the SHEMA Children's Bible Choir, who attend about nine South Valley churches, not only will sing the memorized text, but also engage the audience through a choreographed production with a live band of local musicians. A student, Hannah Ploegstra, has composed the production.

The public is welcome free of charge.

Details: (559) 734-9481.

Service remembers Armenian Genocide

A requiem service, Hokehankist, will be recited at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the Memorial Monument of Ararat Armenian Cemetery, 1925 W. Belmont Ave.

The annual event commemorates the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

Valley Armenian clergy members will participate in the service at the cemetery, where the remains of an unknown Genocide victim is interred at the foot of the Memorial Monument. The remains were brought from the Desert of Der Zor, Syria, by the late Rev. Dr. Manaseh G. Papazian in 1930.

Students of the Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School and the Homenetmen Scouts will serve as honor guard at the commemoration.

Details: (559) 292-2415.

New night walks promote peace

New West Fresno Night Walks have begun in the Brookhaven and Carver Estates neighborhoods to promote peace.

West Fresno Night Walks are made up of a group of churches and concerned community members who walk the streets every week to listen to, learn from and love their neighbors. The goal is to end violence as well as open doors to alternatives and opportunities.

The "Walking in Faith" efforts in the Brookhaven and Carver Estates neighborhoods began April 11. The walks start at 6 p.m. Fridays.

Details: (559) 355-5169 or 442-1908.

Event theme is psychology, spirituality

A consulting psychologist and external lecturer for the Copenhagen Business School will be the speaker at the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization event at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at College Community Congregational Church, 5550 N. Fresno St.

Salman Ahmad will talk on the program theme: "At the Crossroads: A Vision for a New World."

He is interested in spiritual practices and their application toward personal and social development. He has been a long practitioner of Raja yoga meditation.

Details: email, bkwsofresno@gmail.com or call, (559) 435-2212.


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