To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Modesto Christian School will have an outdoor concert at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 29 featuring Christian artists Lincoln Brewster, Rush of Fools and Remedy Drive.
The concert will follow a festival from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., which will include a family-oriented carnival with rides, a rock-climbing wall, a giant slide, a car show, food vendors and other activities.
Entrance to the festival is free; there are fees for food and games.
Tickets for the concert are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate, which opens at 5:30 p.m. The school is at 5901 Sisk Road in north Modesto. For more information, call (209) 529-5510.
Disaster training at church
Modesto's Church of the Brethren will hav a training workshop Oct. 5-6 for its denomination's Children's Disaster Services.
Since 1980, the program has run child care centers in disaster areas in cooperation with FEMA and the American Red Cross. Volunteers provide a reassuring environment for children after a disaster strikes, which allows parents to complete the FEMA process.
The volunteer training is open to anyone older than 18. After the training, volunteers go through a background check before they are sent to a disaster site.
Volunteers have been sent to Southern California after wildfires, to Houston, Texas, after a hurricane and to other sites, said Luella Cole, a church member and volunteer.
The overnight training runs from 5 p.m. Oct. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the church, 2301 Woodland Ave. The cost is $55, and reservations are required. Call (209) 524-8507.
Other upcoming faith-based events include:
ARTS AND MUSIC
AMERIKANA 7 p.m. Sept. 29, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto. "Amerikana: Made in the Philippines" is a musical comedy show about coming to America, based loosely on the life of lead actress Fe de los Reyes. Show benefits Families for Vocation and Healing Ministry, a group that promotes religious vocations and health. Free reception from 6-7 p.m. Tickets: $15 to $45, from (209) 338-2100 or (209) 322-3429.
GRIEFSHARE 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays through Dec. 13, Ceres Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1633 N. Central Ave. 13-week program is support group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. Includes videos with grief experts and ordinary people. Free. (209) 538-1024.
MARRIAGE CLASS 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 19, Modesto Free Methodist Church, 1520 Rose Ave. Nine-week class by Joe and Michelle Williams, authors of "Yes, Your Marriage Can be Saved." Child care by reservation. Free class. (209) 522-3583.
CHRISTIANITY 101 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 20, St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3461 Merle Ave., Modesto. Four-week class covers questions such as "What makes Christianity different from other religions?" and "What makes this world so crazy?" Free. (209) 345-4886.
FACEBOOK/TWITTER SEMINAR 6-7 p.m. Sept. 25, Central Catholic High School library, 200 S. Carpenter Road, Modesto. CCHS technology director Chuck Staley will show parents the privacy and security settings necessary "to protect you and your children using social media." Free. (209) 524-9611.
REFORMATION SERIES 6 p.m. Sundays, beginning Sept. 30, Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 1448 Standiford Ave., Modesto. Five-week series on "The Great Awakening in America" to celebrate anniversary of Protestant Reformation. Profiles include Jonathan Edwards and David Brainerd. Refreshments follow lectures. Free. (209) 522-2922.
GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 313 Tokay Ave., Modesto. Greek dinner (takeouts available), homemade pastries, church tours, marketplace with live Greek music and entertainment. $17 adults, $8.50 children under 12, at door includes meal and admission. (209) 522-7694.
ANNIVERSARY 3 p.m. today, St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 930 Sixth St., Modesto. 50th anniversary celebration of ministry of church's founder and senior pastor, the Rev. Eddie Bolden. Free.(209) 524-4895.
LORD GANESHA 5 p.m. Tuesday, Shree Ram Mandir Hindu temple, 3401 Claus Road, Modesto. Worship of Lord Ganesha, the god of success and remover of obstacles. Free. (209) 551-9820.
CONCERT, DESSERT 6:30 p.m. Friday, CrossPoint Community Church, 12th and Needham St., Modesto. Annual concert in pavilion concourse features Steve and Rachel Ragsdale and The 12th Street Boys. $12 at door. (209) 521-0181, ext. 2355.
FALL FESTIVAL 5-10 p.m. Sept. 28, noon to 11 p.m. Sept. 29, noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 30, St. Stanislaus Catholic School, 1416 Maze Blvd., Modesto. Country store, carnival rides, Sunday auctions, food and beverages, live entertainment, Hispanic dinner on Sept. 29 and chicken BBQ dinner on Sept. 30. Free admission; discount ride passes available before Sept. 28. (209) 524-4381.
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