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Churches plan special events

Latah Valley Presbyterian Church, 202 E. Meadow Lane Road, will present a live Nativity Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m.

The event will include actors playing the parts of Mary, Jesus, Joseph, the Magi, the shepherds and the heavenly host, as well as live animals.

Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided.

For more information, call Pastor Scott Kinder-Pyle at (509) 481-8119 or e-mail

Yuletide concerts, pageants

New Heights Church will present a Christmas-themed talent show Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave.

The evening will include bands, solo performances, dance and poetry readings.

For more information, call Myrtha Wood at (509) 294-2237.

St. Augustine’s Parish Church, 428 W. 19th Ave., will present the St. Cecilia Community Orchestra and Chorus on Sunday at 4 p.m.

The groups will perform “Magnificat” by Vivaldi and music from Mozart, Haydn, J.S. Bach and Samuel Scheidt.

For more information, call the church office at (509) 624-1630.

Special services

Liberty Park United Methodist Church, 1526 E. 11th Ave., will present an Advent Spiral Meditation Monday at 7 p.m. The church will celebrate the winter solstice with a walking meditation.

For more information, call the church office at (509) 535-5588.

•The German-American Society will present its annual Christmas Service on Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 316 E. 24th Ave.

The service will be conducted in both English and German, and traditional Christmas carols will be performed by the Concordia Choir before and during the service.

A reception will follow the service at the Deutsches Haus, 25 W. Third Ave.

All denominations are welcome to attend.

For more information, call Eberhard Schmidt at (509) 928-2595.

St. David’s Episcopal Church, 7315 N. Wall St., will present a Celtic Creation Celebration for the Winter Solstice on Friday at 7 p.m.

The service will include a ritual blessing and sharing of fire and will discuss the themes of darkness and light. There will be communion, sung chants, Celtic prayers and music.

A reception will follow the service.

For more information, call the church office at (509) 466-3100.

Summit Ridge Christian Fellowship will offer a Christmas Eve Eve service Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the South Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5607 S. Freya St..

Nursery care will be provided. For more information, call (509) 443-8079.

Holiday grief support

Sacred Heart Parish Center, 219 E. Rockwood Blvd., will offer a holiday grief support gathering Saturday at 11 a.m. Whether your grief is recent or ongoing, you are invited to attend for grief support, prayer and ritual and to bring a picture of your loved one. For more information, call Jan Eberley at (509) 747-2226.