‘Heartfulness meditation’ Sunday to celebrate International Day of Peace
The Heartfulness Institute is hosting a free “heartfulness meditation” on Sunday, Sept. 25, in honor of the United Nations International Day of Peace. The event will be held 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional Library, 944 E. Perrin Ave., Fresno. Organizers say the aim of the event is to “generate peace within our own hearts, and with that peace to create an outward flow of peace in our homes, communities and workplaces.” More information is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 559-825-7328.
Faith in the Valley hosting trainings for voter engagement campaign
Faith in the Valley – a partnership of 120 congregations throughout the central San Joaquin Valley working to address issues facing communities – is hosting trainings for a “Together We Vote” campaign, aiming to mobilize volunteers to have “sacred conversations” with people about the upcoming election by making phone calls and knocking on doors. The group will host a training in Fresno from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries, 1940 N. Fresno St.
Hanford Mass for emergency responders
A special Blue Mass to support law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical responders will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 10435 Hanford Armona Road, Hanford. Organizers say those killed in a fatal medical helicopter crash in December near McFarland, including crew member Marco Lopez of Hanford, will also be remembered. An honor and color guard procession will proceed the Mass. Dessert will be provided during a reception to follow. More information is available by emailing email@example.com or calling 213-910-7252.
Grand opening for new Youth for Christ campus
Fresno/Madera Youth for Christ will hold a grand opening celebration and fundraiser at its new Campus Life Center, 8681 N. Chestnut Ave. Fresno, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. The new center covers close to 2 ½ acres and includes a newly remodeled ranch-style house, patios and swimming pool. Those interested in attending the free event are asked to RSVP online at yfcnow.org.
The Shrine of St. Therese jubilee
A daylong jubilee Saturday, Oct. 1 at The Shrine of St. Therese, 855 E. Floradora Ave., Fresno, will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the current church building and the feast day for St. Therese of Lisieux, patroness of the parish and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno. The jubilee begins with docent tours at 1:30 p.m. and a 2:45 p.m. ceremony and blessing to dedicate the parish hall to Msgr. Edwin James Petersen, who died in May. Msgr. Petersen last served as pastor of the church until his semi-retirement in 2009. Bishop Armando Ochoa and Rev. Michael Burchfield will celebrate Mass at 4 p.m., followed by a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 559-285-8914.
‘Overcoming Anger and Returning to Peace’ meditation event
A free guided meditation event, “Overcoming Anger and Returning to Peace,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in St. Paul Catholic Newman Center’s Cardinal Newman Hall, Room 103/104, 1572 E. Barstow Ave., Fresno, facilitated by Veena Kapoor, who has been teaching and practicing meditation for 23 years. She received her training at the Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center in San Francisco. The event aims to equip people with tools to “transform anger into peace and love” by first working to understand anger and its impacts. The event includes a vegetarian lunch. Register by Sept. 29 by emailing BKWSOFresno@gmail.com or calling 559-435-2212.
Bob Williamson to speak at Christian Business Men’s Connection
The Christian Business Men’s Connection will host businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist Bob Williamson on Tuesday, Oct. 4. He will present “Never Lose Hope” during a free morning session from 7:30-8:45 a.m. in Bitwise South Stadium’s John W. Dodson Theater, 700 Van Ness Blvd., Fresno, and will speak again during a lunch event at Torino’s, 5080 N. Blackstone Ave., Fresno, from noon to 1:30 p.m. that costs $20. Williamson, chief executive officer of the Williamson Group USA and author of “Miracle on Luckie Street,” sold a business for $75 million.
MercyMe coming to The Big Fresno Fair
Popular contemporary Christian band MercyMe will perform at The Big Fresno Fair at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, as one of a number of bands in this year’s fair lineup. Tickets are $15-$20 and can be purchased in advance online.
Mass to pray for medical professionals
A special Mass to pray for those working in the medical field will be held at 12:10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at 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.
Monday, Sept. 26
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. 27
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
Jolene Kennedy Ministries presents The Power and Anointing of Focus
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saint Community Church, 3740 E. Ashlan Ave., Fresno, 559-227-9819.
Italian Catholic Federation, 907 E. Dakota Ave., Fresno.
7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Screening of ‘Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes’
Wesley United Methodist Church, 1343 E. Barstow Ave., Fresno.
Sunday, Oct. 2
Drum Circle and Meditation
Community United Church of Christ, 5550 N. Fresno St., Fresno, 559-435-2690, Free.
Worldwide Prophetic Evangelical Ministries
Ramada Fresno Airport, 5090 E. Clinton Way, Fresno, 559-417-1889, Free.
Monday, Oct. 3
Solemn High Traditional Latin Mass
St. Joachim Catholic Church, 401 W. Fifth St., Madera, 559-673-3290.
Wednesday, Oct. 5
Songs and Stories tour featuring Steven Curtis Chapman, Brandon Heath and Mac Powell
Gandhi birthday celebration at Fresno State
Fresno State Peace Garden, 5200 N. Barton Ave., Fresno, 559-435-2212, Free.
Thursday, Oct. 6
Fresno Catholic Singles
St. Paul Catholic Newman Center, 1572 E. Barstow Ave., Fresno.
Friday, Oct. 7
Armenian Food Bazaar
Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church, 2226 Ventura St., Fresno, $14-$18. For to-go orders for six or more, call 559-486-1141 by Sept. 30.
11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-8 p.m.
Secret Keeper Girl Purple Party Tour, for girls 7-12
Saturday, Oct. 8
Muslim chaplains’ awards banquet: Religion in Correctional Institutions: Rehabilitation Begins in the Human Soul
Food and Fun Festival
First Chinese Baptist Church, 6080 N. Angus Ave., Fresno, 559-438-0303, Free.
Immanuel Youth Car & Motorcycle Show
Washington Union High School, 6041 S. Elm Ave., Fresno.
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
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