Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month events
The state Legislature proclaimed November Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month to help recognize Sikh Americans’ contributions to California and help people better understand the culture of their Sikh neighbors.
The Sikh Council of Central California, representing 11 Sikh gurdwaras (Sikh temples), is hosting two activities to celebrate. Leaders of the Sikh community will be joined by Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, when they donate more than $21,000 to the Poverello House at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, and then will help serve lunch. The Sikh community has donated more than $120,000 in the last six years to the Poverello House. Later in the day, professor Rahuldeep Singh Gill, a campus interfaith strategist at California Lutheran University, will speak at 7 p.m. at the Sikh Institute, 4827 N. Parkway Drive, Fresno.
On Sunday, members of the Sikh Council will talk about progress made in increasing the community’s knowledge of Sikh people at 10:30 a.m. at the Selma Sikh Temple, 2211 Highland Ave., Selma. Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims will be in attendance.
Transgender Day of Remembrance events at Unitarian Universalist Church
Trans-E-Motion will host the 10th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance memorial event from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno, 2672 E. Alluvial Ave.
Through performance, poetry, dancing, an art display, speakers and a resource fair, the event will honor transgender people who have died over the past year due to hate crimes or suicide.
Earlier in the day, over lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., author Lillian Faderman and journalist Kerry Eleveld will discuss the fight for LGBT rights. Lunch tickets are $35 – $15 for students with ID – and can be purchased online at eventbrite.com. Proceeds go to help the Fresno LGBT Community Center.
Diwali extravaganza dinner
There will be a dinner to celebrate Diwali, the “festival of lights,” an ancient Hindu festival observed in the fall, at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District Hall, 808 Fourth St., Clovis. Tickets can be purchased for $55 online at tix.com. For more information, call 559-930-4341.
The Hindu Temple of Fresno, 7699 E. Alluvial Ave., Clovis, also will be celebrating with a number of programs, activities and a dinner from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Call 559-930-1782 or 559-246-0092 for more information.
‘Lessons & Carols’ Christmas celebration
Fresno Pacific University will present two “Lessons & Carols” Christmas performances at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 22 at First Presbyterian Church, 1540 M St., Fresno. The service brings together singers and instrumentalists from across the university.
Saturday, Nov. 14
Copper Springs Church, 1363 Fifth St., Clovis, 559-498-3727. 8 a.m.-noon
Christmas Holiday Boutique
Calvary Fellowship Church, 737 Church Ave., Sanger, 559-307-9568, $12. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 15
Dedication service for new building
Positive Living Center, 40045 Indian Springs Road, Oakhurst. 10 a.m.
Fresno Traditional Mass Society dinner
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 5770 N. Maroa Ave., Fresno, 559-277-1731, $9.50, $5 for children ages 5 to 11, free for children younger than 5. 3:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 16
Berj Apkarian will speak on a volunteer mission to Armenia
St. Paul Armenian Church, 3767 N. First St., Fresno. 7 p.m.
Kerman Covenant Church, 15498 W. Whitesbridge Ave., Kerman, 559-846-5307, free. 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 17
Wednesday, Nov. 18
Presentation by deputy consul general of Israel
Deputy Consul General Ravit Baer of the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest will speak at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 6622 N. Maroa Ave., Fresno, free. 7:30 p.m.
Griefshare – Care Connections
The Bridge Church, 3438 E. Ashlan Ave., Fresno, 559-226-4100. 10 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 20
Soli Deo Gloria
Journey into Advent with the Aramaic Jesus: Meeting Jesus in His Own Words
Two-day workshop starting Friday at Community United Church of Christ, 5550 N. Fresno St., $20 includes lunch. RSVP: 559-435-2690. 7-9 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21
Saturday, Nov. 21
2015 Lifetime Achievement Awards in Gospel Music
Festival of Lights Talk
Brahma Kumaris Center, 7319 N. Fourth St., Fresno. 3-5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 22
The Truth Shall Set You Free – special service with teachings from the East and West
The Center for Spiritual Living, 723 W. Clinton Ave., free. 3:45-5 p.m.
The Faith & Values report is compiled by Bee staff. To submit an item for consideration, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mark your item “Faith & Values.”