A Fresno State outdoor gathering will celebrate the 142nd birthday anniversary of Hindu nationalist leader Mohandas K. Gandhi.
The Gandhi Jayanti event will take place 4-6 p.m. Oct. 2 at Fresno State's Peace Garden. Gandhi was born in 1869.
The program includes a garlanding and flower ceremony, speakers, classical and folk dances, meditation and a photo exhibit on the life of Gandhi.
The public is welcome. The event is presented by the Central Valley Cultural Heritage Institute at Fresno State and is part of "Stop the Hate, Build a Culture of Peace" activities.
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After the celebration, a candlelight vigil for world peace will take place.
Details: (559) 278-6946 or 435-2212.
Congregation Beth Jacob will begin its Jewish High Holidays season with a Selichot service 9:30 a.m.-noon today at the synagogue, 406 W. Shields Ave.
Congregants will return to the synagogue at 7 p.m. Saturday to continue with prayers of forgiveness.
A Rosh Hashanah service for the Jewish New Year will be heldat 8 p.m. Wednesday. The Conservative congregation, which celebrates Rosh Hashanah for two days, also will have services at 9:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday.
Shabbat Shuvah services will be at 8 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Oct. 1.
Congregation Beth Jacob has yet to announce its Yom Kippur services. Details: (559) 222-0664.
Holy Bowl TV coverage
The high school football game pitting San Joaquin Memorial and Garces of Bakersfield – dubbed the Holy Bowl – will be shown live at 7:30 p.m. today on KNXT (Channel 49.1).
This is the 46th meeting between the two Catholic schools since 1947. Both schools are part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno, which owns and operates KNXT.
Details: knxt.tv or (559) 488-7440.
Buddhist food bazaar
The annual Ginza Food Bazaar is noon-7 p.m. Saturday at Fresno Betsuin Buddhist Temple's Family Dharma Center, 2720 E. Alluvial Ave., Clovis.
The event features traditional Japanese foods, entertainment by the Gumyo Taiko drum group, martial arts demonstrations and cultural activities.
Proceeds will benefit the temple's building and relocation projects. Details: (559) 442-4054.
Canadian Christian Celtic singer/songwriter Lianna Klassen, whose "Song for Canada" has become a treasured prayer for thousands across her country, has several concert dates at Valley churches, including:
- 6 p.m. Sunday at Dinuba First Baptist Church, 600 E. Nebraska Ave.
- 7 p.m. Monday at Bethany Mennonite Brethren Church, 9161 N. Maple Ave.
- 7 p.m. Friday at Word Central Church, 1123 Railroad Ave., Clovis
- 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at University Vineyard, 4910 N. Woodrow Ave.
Shoe boxes with gifts
The 2011 Operation Christmas Child season will begin with an event at 2 p.m. Oct. 1 at Calvary Chapel Fresno, 3425 E. Shields Ave.
Operation Christmas Child is the Samaritan's Purse International Relief project that distributes gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children worldwide. The project is seeking 25,000 shoe boxes with gifts this year.
Tracy O'Neil, West Coast regional manager for Operation Christmas Child, will speak.
Details: (714) 432-7030.
The annual Bachtober concert – featuring the organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach – is at 3 p.m. Oct. 2 at First Congregational Church of Fresno, 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd.
Scott Horton, the church's music director and organist, will perform. Bach is considered the most famous composer for the pipe organ and for church music in depth and scope.
Admission is free. An offering will be taken for the church's Casavant Pipe Organ Renovation Fund. Details: (559) 227-8489.