Opportunity Christian Church Annual Barbecue/Potluck – Sunday after worship, bring a side dish and your own meat and a crew will grill it on the barbecue at the church, 708 N. Pines Road. (509) 926-9273.
HTLC Monthly Community Dinner – A free community dinner is served at 6 p.m. Tuesday and the last Tuesday of each month at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2511 S. Pines Road. Reservations are appreciated by 1 p.m. on the day of meal but walk-ins are welcome. RSVP to the church at (509) 926-7966.
Free Neighborhood Barbecue and Oldies Car/Tractor Exhibit – Aug. 1, 5:30 p.m. at Foothills Community Church, 11102 N. Forker Road. (509) 926-4971.
God’s Backyard Bible Camp VBS – Free evening vacation Bible school Aug. 12-16, 6 p.m. at UPLiFT Church, 23424 N. Swing Lane, Liberty Lake. Includes Backyard Bible Club, food, crafts, stories and motivation for community projects. Call (509) 995-7718 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Picnic and Worship in the Park – Aug. 14, 6-7 p.m. at Terrace View Park, 13599 E. 24th Ave. Hosted by Advent Lutheran Church. (509) 892-4016.
Water Fun Day with St. John’s Cathedral – Sunday, 1-4 p.m. at Comstock Park, 29th and Howard streets. Bring a picnic. (509) 838-4277.
Celtic Christianity Workshop – July 27, 9 a.m-3 p.m. presentation by the Rev. Elaine Breckenridge at St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. Free but registration requested. A similar but not identical workshop will be offered Aug. 10. (509) 458-4347.
8 Lakes Leg Aches Bike Ride – Aug. 3, participants can choose either a 15-mile, 30-mile, 45-mile or 75-mile ride touring scenic landscapes between Spokane, Medical Lake and Cheney. Enjoy coffee at the starting line at the Group Health office on Sunset Hill, nibble cookies at stops along the way and end the ride with food, entertainment and ice cream. Co-sponsored by Group Health and Lutheran Community Services Northwest. Proceeds benefit abused/neglected children and their families through the services at Lutheran Community Services Sexual Assault & Family Trauma Response Center (SAFeT). $45/ride only, add $10 for shirt; $65/ride, shirt and socks; $185/ride, shirt and jersey. Call (509) 343-5020, email Christie at email@example.com or visit www.lcsnw.org/8LakesRide/index.html.
Hillyard Festival Moving Forward Worship – Join varied denominations and traditions for church Aug. 4, 10 a.m. at Sharpley-Harmon Park. For information, call Lidgerwood Presbyterian Church at (509) 487-9667.
Annual Fuller Center Bike Adventure Potluck – Aug. 4, 1 p.m. at Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ, 411 S. Washington St. Meet and greet volunteers who are cycling the country building homes, raising funds and speaking about eliminating poverty housing. (509) 624-1366.
Church on the Grass at Country Homes Christian Church – July 14, 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. casual worship at the church, 8415 N. Wall St. (509) 466-3414.
Obon Festival – Aug. 17, 2-8 p.m. and Aug. 18, 4-7 p.m. the Spokane Buddhist Temple will revive its Obon celebration honoring ancestors at the temple, 927 S. Perry St. Event includes traditional meals, games for kids of all ages, exhibits including sumi-e, ikebana, bonsai and Spokane Kendo, demonstrations in the gym, performances by Spokane Taiko (Japanese drumming) and Narong (a Japanese singer) and the Bon Odori or Bon Dancing to be held on the green. (509) 534-7954.
Central Baptist Church – Summer schedule, no Sunday school, worship at 10 a.m. Adult Bible study on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m., Prayer Circle Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at the church, 19 W. Shannon Ave. (509) 327-9322.
Adult Basic Judaism Classes – Most Sundays through 2013, 10 a.m.-noon at Temple Beth Shalom, 1322 E. 30th Ave. Cost is $50/each TBS member or couple including text books, $150/nonmembers, $50/each additional nonmember family member. Call for information, (509) 747-3304.
Eastern Washington Upcoming
Exploring Monastic Life with the Ven. Thubten Chodron Retreat – Aug. 9-26 retreat at Sravasti Abbey, 692 Country Lane, Newport. The retreat is for lay people exploring the possibility of ordination and for nuns and monks that have been ordained for five years or less. A dana offering and registration form are requested to reserve a spot, www.sravasti.org or call (509) 447-5549.
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