CLERGY SYMPOSIUM – 11:30 a.m. to noon, networking; noon to 1:30 p.m., free lunch on Nov. 8 at Community Hospice Patient Services Center, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto. Author Darcie D. Sims will offer tips on coping with stress from loss; identify expectations of self and others; discuss and define caring overload; identify four personal indicators of burnout, compassion fatigue; list four coping strategies for stress management/burnout first aid. Register by Friday at (209) 578-6300 or www.hospiceheart.org/professional-education.
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
CONCERT, HYMN SING – 7 p.m. Saturday, Modesto Covenant Church, 913 Floyd Ave. David Talbott, the longtime resident musician at Mount Hermon Christian Camps and a former accompaniest for Billy Graham crusades in Europe, will perform classical music and lead a hymn sing, including a medley of audience-picked tunes. Offering. (209) 527-4110.
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BELLS OF BLESSING CONCERT – 4 p.m. Nov. 3, Modesto Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Ave. Concert to benefit The Salvation Army. Opus Handbell Ensemble and church choirs to perform. Information about the ministries of The Modesto Salvation Army in Modesto will be shared. Modesto Christian Reformed Church, (209) 523-1906.
GRACE REVEALED – 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9, Ceres Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1633 N. Central Ave. Stephanie Dawn, a singer who has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center and the National Museum for Women in the Arts, will sing and speak on “Grace Revealed.” Free. (209) 538-1024.
FALL FUND-RAISER – 6 p.m. Saturday, Larsa Banquet Hall, 2107 E. Monte Vista Ave., Denair. Dinner, dessert auction, silent auction, raffle to benefit Christian Berets, a nonprofit that provides camps and programs for special-needs people. $30. (209) 524-7993.
AUCTION, DINNER – 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Central Valley High School, Ceres. Annual auction and dinner to benefit Central Valley’s Youth for Christ, a nonprofit Christian organization that works with at-risk youth. (209) 522-9568.
WINTER RUMMAGE SALE – 8 a.m. Saturday, Livingston United Methodist Church, 11695 Olive Ave. Holiday decorations, winter clothes, coats and jackets, more. (209) 394-2264.
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIRE – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 7-8, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church social hall, 640 Minaret Ave., Turlock. Hand-crafted items, including quilts, holiday items, aprons (adult and child), table runners, ornaments, jams, jellies, candy, cookies, breads, cakes, etc. Free entrance. (209) 667-7712.
HOLIDAY, GIFT BOUTIQUE – 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 8 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 9, Holy Family Catholic Church, 4212 Dale Road, Modesto. Baked goods, candies, jams, jellies, Christmas decorations, art, more. (209) 545-5419.
DINNER WITH THE BISHOP – 5:30 p.m. hors d’oeuvres and silent auction and 6:30 dinner on Nov. 16 at Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L St. Sponsorships for group tables, $2,000 to $10,000; individual tickets, $50. Tickets available at Great Smiles Dental Clinic, 3219 McHenry Ave., (209)846-9274. Vocation and Healing Ministry website, www.fvhm.org. Deadline for donations and ticket purchase is Thursday. Dinner with Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of the Stockton Diocese benefits the diocese’s vocation ministry.
HARVEST FESTIVAL – Noon today Pioneer Hall, United Methodist Church, 11695 Olive Ave., Livingston. Lunch, games for all ages, fundraising cake walk for UNICEF; costumes optional. (209) 394-2264.
FALL FESTIVAL – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Centenary United Methodist Church, McHenry and Tokay avenues, Modesto. Indoor event features games, prizes, candy, fun for families. No scary costumes. Free. Dinner available for small cost. Canned food collection for Interfaith Ministries. (209) 527-5441.
FALL FUN FAIR – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Modesto Covenant Church, 913 Floyd Ave. Carnival games, inflatables, climbing wall, chili cook-off, pumpkin pie-eating contest, scavenger hunt, food for purchase, candy, more. Family-friendly costumes please. Free. (209) 527-4110.
OCTOBERBLEST – 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Shelter Cove Community Church, 4242 Coffee Road, Modesto. Carnival games, candy, bounce houses, truck or treat, popcorn, cotton candy, etc. Free. Hot dogs, nachos, bottled water, $1 each. (209) 567-3200, ext. 308.
TRUNK OR TREAT – 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Big Valley Grace Community Church, 4040 Tully Road, Modesto. Family event includes rows of decorated cars with candy for children, inflatables, live music, food and games. Also includes ambulance and fire vehicles on display. Free. (209) 571-4399, ext. 371.
TRUNK OR TREAT – 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Lebright Park, Fox and Charles roads, Hughson. Music, face-painting, candy, activities, free. Sandy Cortes, (209) 883-4054
CHRISTMAS FAIRE AND BAKE SALE – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, by St. Matthew Lutheran Church’s Women’s Missionary League, at church, 13880 Joshua way, off Lambert Lake Road, Sonora. Homemade jams, jellies, candies, canned goods, baked goods and handcrafted items. A luncheon of soups, salad, bread, homemade pies and beverages, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, $10 per person. Drawing for prizes, including a handmade quilt, aphgan, three paintings and gift baskets, 2 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds benefit interfaith community services, Women’s Pregnancy Center, local and national charities. (209) 532-4639.