Armenian grape blessing celebrations
Two Armenian Blessing of the Grapes’ celebrations — an annual tradition to bless farmers and ask for a good harvest — are planned in Fresno. Both will be at the California Armenian Home, 6720 E. Kings Canyon Road, Fresno. The first, Aug. 9, will be hosted by Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church. The Divine Liturgy church service begins at 10 a.m., followed by the grape blessing around 11:30 a.m. Food will be available for purchase around noon and traditional Armenian music by the Richard Hagopian Band should begin by 1 p.m. The following Sunday, Aug. 16, St. Paul Armenian Church will hold its celebration, also with a service, blessing, food and music from Hagopian, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Harvest of Harmony International Church is holding the 2015 women’s conference, “Behind the Makeup,” at 5242 N. Garfield Ave. It continues Aug. 8-9. The conference brunch will be Aug. 8 at Ramada Inn, 324 E. Shaw Ave. There is no cost to attend the conference and tickets for brunch cost $25. More information is available at 559-485-1446 or online.
Celebrate Raksha Bandhan
Sister Gita Patel, coordinator of the Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center in Los Angeles, will speak, lead meditation and perform a bracelet-tying ceremony to celebrate Raksha Bandhan, an ancient festival that celebrates the bonds between brothers and sisters, at a satellite meditation center of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization, 7319 N. Fourth St., Fresno. The free event runs from 3-5:30 p.m. Aug. 9. An RSVP is not required, but a phone call to 559-435-2212 is appreciated.
Vertical Church Band performs
Vertical Church Band will perform worship songs with Meredith Andrews at Harvest Bible Chapel, Fresno, 7676 N. First St., at 6 p.m. Aug. 16. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 800- 965-9324 or online for $12, or for $20 the night of the show.
St. Joachim’s Church in Madera, 401 W. Fifth St., will host its Harvest Festival 6-10 p.m. Aug. 21 and Aug. 22. The festival will include raffle prizes, food booths, a farmers market, kids games and prizes, folklorico dancers and music by The Hype, The Angel Republic Band, and Elvis “Jeremy” Pearce and Gela. Those interested in helping donate to buy food for the church fundraiser can call 559-673-3290.
Fresno Greek Fest
St. George Greek Orthodox Church will host the 55th annual Fresno Greek Festival at the church grounds, 2219 N. Orchard St., Fresno, Aug. 28-30 (Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Tickets are $6 for adults and seniors and free for children age 12 and younger. The event includes 40 Greek-themed vendors along with cooking demonstrations, a kids play area, shuttle service and Greek wine tasting. The Greek Fest donates to a number of organizations and this year will also start donating to a fund for the St. Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center. For more information about donations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 559-233-0397.
‘Exhale’ event at NorthPointe
An “Exhale” event aimed at giving women renewed strength, hope and energy will be held at NorthPointe Community Church, 4625 W. Palo Alto Ave., Fresno, on Aug. 28. Food can be purchased from local food trucks starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by worship at 7 p.m. and a message from If:Gathering speaker and author Rebekah Lyons.
Choice Books fundraiser dinner
A fundraiser dinner for nonprofit Choice Books, which distributes books with a Christian message, will be held at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 17 at Wedgewood Banquet Center, 4584 W. Jacquelyn Ave., Fresno. Reservations are required by Sept. 8 and can be made by calling 559-638-1745 or emailing email@example.com. The evening will include a presentation by authors/musicians Steve and Annie Chapman.
International student event seeks sponsors
The Interfaith Alliance of Central California is asking for sponsors to help host a dinner for Fresno State international students on Aug. 28. The goal is to familiarize the students with community centers and houses of worship in Fresno, and introduce them to cultural and social events in town. The event is not open to the general public. Those interested in sponsoring can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saint John’s Bible at Saint Agnes Medical Center
Saint Agnes Medical Center, 1303 E. Herndon Ave., Fresno, has a full-size fine art reproduction of the original Saint John’s Bible on display on the second floor of the hospital’s north wing. Saint Agnes is the only institution in California to have one of these limited copies.
The original manuscript is more than 1,100 pages and divided into seven volumes measuring 2-feet tall by 3-feet wide. The Saint Agnes Foundation raised $145,000 to secure the seven-volume set. To schedule a viewing, contact chaplain David Klingensmith, coordinator of spiritual care, at 559-450-3854.
Saturday, Aug. 8
Community yard sale
Our Lady of the Sierra Church, 40180 Indian Springs Road, Oakhurst, 559-683-3901. 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 11
Clovis Evangelical Free Church, 2377 Armstrong Ave., Clovis, 559-292-3344, www.clovisevfree.org, free. 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 12
Griefshare — Care Connections
The Bridge Church, 3438 E. Ashlan Ave., Fresno, 559-226-4100. 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, Aug. 16
Sunday Worship featuring The Vertical Church Band
Riverpark Bible Church, 7500 N. Millbrook Ave., Fresno, 559-226-4100, verticalchurchband.com/tour, $20, $12 advance. 6 p.m.
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