Coffee shop opens Saturday at Northside Christian
Northside Christian Church, 2709 E. Nees Ave., Clovis, will host a grand opening for their new coffee shop, The Frappé House, from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. A ribbon cutting and short ceremony will be held at 8 p.m.
St. Elia 106th procession Sunday
The 106th annual St. Elia celebration, which celebrates the patron saint of the village of Maschito, Italy – the hometown of a number of Italian immigrants who arrived in Fresno between 1880 and 1920 – will begin with High Mass at noon Sunday, Sept. 18, at St. Alphonsus Church, 351 E. Kearney Blvd. in Fresno, followed by a four-block procession that will include families carrying a statue of St. Elia, a grand marshal, the Knights of Columbus, the Washington Union High School Marching Band, and people in costume as a queen, angels and Italian peasant children. At 3:30 p.m., doors will open for a Pardini’s Italian dinner at Valdez Hall in the Fresno Convention Center, 848 M St. Tickets are $35 or $15 for children under the age of 12 and can be purchased by calling 559-243-9143, 559-285-3320, 559-439-5524, 559-288-1001 or 559-650-1154. Dinner includes music and dancing.
Songs and Stories Tour at Cornerstone Church
Musicians Steven Curtis Chapman, Brandon Heath, and Mac Powell of Third Day will be performing at Cornerstone Church’s Wilson Theatre, 1455 Fulton St., Fresno, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, for a “Songs and Stories Tour” that will include the stories behind their songs. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $26 or $75 for VIP access and can be purchased online at cornerstonefresno.com, visiting the church office, or calling 1-800-965-9324.
Gandhi birthday celebration at Fresno State
Gandhi’s 147th birthday will be celebrated with a free community celebration and photo exhibition at Fresno State. The photo exhibition featuring the life of Gandhi will be on display in the Henry Madden Library from Sept. 26 to Oct. 7. The community celebration will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, in the Peace Garden just north of the library. The event will include a candlelight vigil for world peace, garlanding and flower ceremony, classical and folk dances, musical tribute, meditation, pledge against hate and violence, and comments from youth and community leaders, including Fresno State President Joseph Castro. Participants are asked to bring flowers and a candle.
Armenian food bazaar at Holy Trinity
The 66th annual Food Bazaar of the Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church, 2226 Ventura St. in Fresno, will be held on Friday, Oct. 7, and feature a number of Armenian foods, including cheese boreg, kufta, choreg, khadaif and paklava. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5-8 p.m. Shish or chicken kebabs or lulu will be available with meals ranging from $14 to $18. A 50/50 drawing will be held at 8 p.m. Doors open at 10 a.m. to purchase baked goods, frozen foods, a cookbook and country store items. Drive-through meal times are the same for lunch and from 4-6:30 p.m. for dinner. Pre-order by Friday, Sept. 30, for pick-up meals of six or more by calling 559-486-1141. The church has been serving the community for 116 years and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours (which can include the screening of an informational video) are available throughout the year by calling the church office at 559-486-1141.
Muslim chaplains’ awards banquet
The American Muslim Community Endorsement and Muslim American Chaplains Association is sponsoring an awards banquet titled “Religion in Correctional Institutions: Rehabilitation Begins in the Human Soul” honoring Muslim chaplains at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Ramada Fresno North, 324 E. Shaw Ave. in Fresno. Tickets are $40. For more information, call 559-308-7783 or visit macausa.org.
Oktoberfest at Good Shepherd Lutheran
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 5140 N. Fruit Ave. in Fresno, will hold its fourth annual Oktoberfest at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. The event includes music by polkateers, a German oompah band, authentic German dinner, homemade beer, dancing and a raffle. Tickets are $25. For more information, call 559-225-2092 or 559-449-0129.
Saturday, Sept. 17
Asian Craft and Food Faire
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Beth Moore Simulcast
First Christian Church of Madera, 2300 Sunset Ave., Madera, 559-706-5149, www.maderafcc.org/#/welcome-to-fcc/beth-moore-simulcast, firstname.lastname@example.org, $15.
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Say No to Meth march and bike run, hosted by This Ain’t Your Mama’s Church
Courthouse Park, M and 20th streets, Merced, 209-726-6123.
9:45 a.m.-3 p.m.
Zumbathon to combat human trafficking
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 18
College Community Church Mennonite Brethren, 2529 Willow Ave., Clovis.
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 19
Cornelia Southern Baptist Church, 2405 N. Cornelia Ave., Fresno, 559-277-1533, free.
SouthPoint Foursquare Church, 5391 E. Tulare Ave., Fresno, 559-455-1119, free.
Kerman Covenant Church, 15495 W. Whitesbridge Ave., Kerman, 559-846-8114, free.
Tai Chi classes
Tuesday, Sept. 20
Friday, Sept. 23
Mass honoring law enforcement and firefighters
St. John’s Cathedral, 2814 Mariposa St., Fresno.
Saturday, Sept. 24
Blessing of the Animals
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dream Interpretation Workshop
Woodward Park Regional Library, 944 E. Perrin Ave., Fresno, 626-927-9943.
Walk for Syrian Refugees
Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, 2111 E. Nees Ave., Fresno, 559-473-7564, www.eventbrite.com/e/cvpha-walk-for-syrian-refugees-tickets-26530603750, $20, $10 students, free for children 5 and younger.
Thursday, Sept. 29
Blue Mass, honoring police officers, firefighters, emergency personnel and all first responders
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 10355 Hanford Armona Road, Hanford.
Marie Monville, author of “One Light Still Shines: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting”
Saturday, Oct. 1
Screening of “Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes”
Wesley United Methodist Church, 1343 E. Barstow Ave., Fresno.
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