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Religion Notebook: Service will have Celtic theme

St. David’s Episcopal Church, 7315 N. Wall St., will present a Celtic Communion service at 7 p.m. today. The service will include sung chants, Celtic prayers and music centered on the theme “Dreams and Visions.”

Volunteers gather 30,000 pounds of produce for food bank

An apple a day can help keep hunger at bay. And thousands of pounds of apples can feed a lot of hungry people. More than 200 volunteers descended on Green Bluff on Saturday to harvest farmers’ remaining fruits and vegetables – mostly apples – before they go to waste. The fresh-picked produce will be donated to Second Harvest.

Volunteers harvest food for area hungry

An apple a day can help keep hunger at bay. And thousands of pounds of apples can feed a lot of hungry people. More than 200 volunteers descended on Green Bluff in Mead to harvest farmers’ remaining fruits and vegetables – mostly apples – before they go to waste. The fresh-picked produce will be donated to Second Harvest.

These stalwart Assistants make the good even better

A global chemical company is known for this slogan: “We don’t make a lot of the products you buy. We make a lot of the products you buy better.” The Assistants, a group of Spokane women, could adapt the slogan this way: “We don’t create the good causes. We make the good causes even better.”

Volunteer opportunities

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop – Volunteers are needed for the Discovery Shop, located at 905 W. Garland Ave., for help with a number of duties. For more information, call Judy at (509) 328-9373. American Red Cross – The American Red Cross, Inland Northwest Chapter, has volunteer opportunities available for its disaster action team. Team members provide 24-hour emergency response to local disasters, ensuring that those affected have basic necessities such as food, shelter and clothing. Team members are asked to be on call 24 hours a day for at least a one-week period at a time. For more information, call (509) 326-3330 or visit www.spokaneredcross.org.

Religion notes: Greek Festival offers food, dancing

You’ve waited all year to get your hands on some authentic Greek dishes, and now it’s finally here. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1703 N. Washington St., will present its 75th annual Greek Festival today, Friday and Saturday.

Help needed to tend native plants

About 25 volunteers are needed Saturday to help tend the native plant garden at the Idaho Panhandle National Forests’ Fernan office, 2502 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene.

Latter-day Saints groups plan World Wide Service Day projects

On Saturday, the following Christian service projects sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are planned in North Idaho and other local communities in conjunction with the Sept. 11 World Wide Service Day. Members from the Sandpoint, Sunnyside and Westmond wards will paint 91 newly constructed curbs in Sandpoint.

Volunteering can be healthy

Volunteering can help you live longer. People who volunteer “feel better all over,” says Chandra Torgerson, senior vice president and chief nursing officer for United Healthcare.

Volunteer matchmaking

Dorothy Balum has volunteered at Crosswalk in downtown Spokane for 22 years. In the first year, she’d drive home after spending the evening with the street teens, and by the time she reached the South Hill, “I felt like I was driving back into a whole different world.” Every Monday evening, Balum along with Judi Conroy and Joyce Malone, chat with the teens, serve them dinner, listen to their stories. It’s a visual disconnect to see them in action. Here are three women who look like wise grandmas mingling with teens with tattoos, piercings and skateboards at the ready.

Idaho wildland agencies need volunteers

Will Cline says “I have a problem with just sitting in the living room,” and that explains, to some extent, why the 81-year old Coeur d’Alene resident has been a volunteer for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game for the past 13 years.

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For 03-26-2009