Music and the arts
ANNIVERSARY CONCERT 6 p.m. Saturday, North Modesto Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. Herb Henry celebrates 25 years of bringing gospel groups to the area and on the radio with a concert featuring the New Henry Family; Southern Raised from Branson, Mo.; Ken Hurley & Reliance from Fresno; and Sheri Stambaugh. $10 at the door. (209) 538-3838.
HAPPINESS WHISPERER 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Center for Spiritual Living, 2125 Wylie Drive, #1, Modesto. Discover how habits of happy people can make you happier. Free. (209) 996-2319.
HEALING 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, College Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ, 1341 College Ave., Modesto. Rev. Nancy McKay of Berkeley will teach pilgrimage integrative healing process of prayer and laying on of hands. $25, includes lunch. (209) 551-8509.
EMOTIONAL, SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 29, Monte Vista Chapel, 1619 Monte Vista, Turlock. Wellspring Counseling Ministries hosts Heart and Mind, Developing Emotional & Spiritual Intelligence. Guest speaker Lori Ciccarelli to speak on spiritual disciplines and practical tools for closer walk with God. Tickets: $50, includes lunch. (209) 846-7412.
160TH ANNIVERSARY 10 a.m. today, First Presbyterian Church of the 49ers, 11156 Jackson St., Columbia. Church heritage service celebrates 160th anniversary of the church. Includes historic information presented by members in period clothing, historic photos and memorabilia and special music featuring old musical instruments and the churchs antique pump organ. Barbecue lunch with potluck sides and dessert follows. Free. (209) 532-2441.
CHICKEN DINNER 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Italo American Lodge Hall, 18th and U streets, Merced. Merceds Italian Catholic Federation serves polenta and chicken cacciatore dinner to benefit scholarships and other community and religious programs. Dinner: $15 adults, $7.50 for children under 12. Take-outs also available. Tickets (none sold at door) available from St. Patricks Church, 671 E. Yosemite Ave., and Italo American Lodge. (209) 383-4817.
FISH FRY 4-7 p.m. Friday, Holy Family Catholic Church, 4121 Dale Road, Modesto. Knights of Columbus Lenten fish fry; take-out available. Tickets: $10 adults, $7 children under 12. (209) 545-3553.
BENEFIT DINNER 6 p.m. Saturday, Assyrian American Civic Club, 2618 N. Golden State Blvd., Turlock. Annual dinner to benefit the Turlock Gospel Mission. Theme: Hope Lives Here. Tickets: $30 each. (209) 656-1033.
PRAYER GATHERING 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sundays through April 13, Centenary United Methodist Church, 1911 Toyon Ave., Modesto. Prayer gathering during Lent to spark awareness of needs in church family, community and world. (209) 527-5441.
LENTEN WEDNESDAYS 12:30 and 6:30 p.m through April 9, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 640 Minaret Ave., Turlock. Midday service will be formal, liturgical and evening service a contemporary one, all based on Son of God theme, with clips from the movie that opened Feb. 28. (209) 667-7712.
SOUP SUPPERS 6 p.m Wednesdays through April 9, Grace Anglican Church, 180 S. Denair Ave., Turlock. (209) 632-0788.
LENTEN MEDITATION 6-6:45 p.m. Wednesdays through April 9, College Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ, 1341 College Ave., Modesto. Several kinds of meditation offered. (209) 522-7244.