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Religion Notebook: Buddha’s birthday to be celebrated Sunday

Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St., will present a Hanamatsuri, or Flower Festival service Sunday at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate the birth of Buddha.

Siddhartha Gautama was born in Nepal on April 8, 566 B.C., the son of King Suddohana and Queen Maya. He later found enlightenment and became known as Buddha.

The celebration will include a special altar, the Hanamido, which will be decorated with flowers representing the garden in Lumbini in southern Nepal where it is said the queen went into labor. A statue of the infant Buddha will be placed in a pan and water and sweet tea will be poured over it in remembrance of the “sweet rain” that fell from the heavens at the moment of birth.

The Rev. Akira R. Takemoto from Whitman College in Walla Walla will lead the service.

Takemoto will also create a traditional Yabunouchi tea room in the temple’s gym at 4 p.m. Saturday.

He will lecture about the importance of teaching about tea which will be followed by a tea serving demonstration.

Information: (509) 534-7954 or visit www.

Central Baptist Church activities

• Central Baptist Church , 19 W. Shannon Ave., will present Miriam Noyes, an American Baptist missionary who serves in the Democratic Republic of Congo, at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Noyes will host a light supper and speak about literacy classes in churches. She trains and supervises teachers and is part of the women’s leadership team in the Vanga area. She is fluent in French, Kituba and Lingala.

• The church will present the movie “October Sky,” Saturday. Snacks will be served at 7 p.m. and the movie will start at 7:30.

The movie is the story of Homer Hickham who dreamed of building rockets and ended up working for NASA.

• Sunday worship will be at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school for all ages. The Rev. Rick Church will present an 11 a.m. service with the message, “How Much Am I Worth to God?”

Information: (509) 327-9322.

Celebration of peace through music, more

One Peace Many Paths will present a Spring Arts Festival: Celebration of Peace, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Unity Church, 2900 S. Bernard St.

The event will feature music from Sound Travel, Lokahi, Michael Robinson and more. There will be workshops on creating mandalas, vibrational yoga and soul collage work. Art from local artist will be presented and participants can create care packages for Sally’s House.

Information: (509) 536-2811 or visit