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Parties, festivals planned for family Halloween fun

Pumpkins, costumes and candy, oh my. Children expecting to gather candy door-to-door on Monday will encounter darkness, chilly temperatures and perhaps even (eeek!) rain showers. Several Valley churches are planning to host parties for the little ghosts and goblins in an effort to keep them warm and dry.

•Redeemer Lutheran Church is calling its party the annual Great Pumpkin Plunge, probably because organizers are planning to drop a pumpkin weighing in at a hefty 630 pounds from a crane. Rain gear to protect yourself from flying pumpkin guts is optional.

The pumpkin drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday, but the free party begins at 6:30 p.m., with games, food and candy. The church is at 3606 S. Schafer Road.

•Millwood Presbyterian Church will host a Trunk or Treat event in the church parking lot from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday. Kids can wear their costumes and gather candy out of car trunks while adults have a few treats themselves. The church is at 3223 N. Marguerite Road.

•Liberty Lake Community Church is again hosting the annual Liberty Lake Harvest Festival. There will be candy, games and, did we mention the candy? The event will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at Liberty Lake Elementary at Molter Road and Boone Avenue.

•Foothills Community Church, in keeping with its rural roots, will host a quilt show along with its Harvest Fun Night, Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. There will also be a pie social and other events in addition to candy for the kids. The church is at 11102 N. Forker Road.

Frontier Fellowship

The Rev. Harold Kurtz will fill the pulpit Sunday at Opportunity Presbyterian Church. Kurtz is the founder of Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship, which starts and supports churches in places such as Africa, Nepal and Ethiopia. He will speak during the 10 a.m. worship service at the church, 202 N. Pines Road.

Also on Sunday the church will host a Fair Trade Market in the gym during the coffee hour at 11:30 a.m.

Parenting 101

Redeemer Lutheran Church will host Tim Kimmel in a presentation titled “Parenting 101.” Kimmel will speak on the biblical roles of a parent and how to raise confident, responsible children. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. next Saturday at the church, 3606 S. Schafer Road. The cost is $25 per person or $40 per couple. Call the church at 926-6363 to register.

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