Continentals to perform at Heartland
The Continentals, a group of 30 vocalists and technicians between the ages of 16 and 28, perform at 7:30 p.m. today at Heartland Community Church, 651 N. Cherokee Lane, Lodi.
The Continentals will present "The Grace Odyssey," a high-energy musical concert for people of all ages and backgrounds.
The event is free of charge. For more information, call Gene Hardin at (209) 333-7089.
Buddhists to hold Obon festivities
A sword demonstration, tea ceremony, karate and Japanese harp music will be among the activities at the Buddhist Church of Lodi's annual Obon bazaar June 23 and 24 on North Stockton Street between East Elm and East Pine streets.
A variety of Japanese food such as teriyaki chicken, various types of rice-flavored sushi, curry rice, tempura, udon noodles, Chinese chicken salad and combination plates will be available at the outdoor patio beginning at noon.
Beef sticks and hamburgers will be served beginning at 6 p.m. each day.
Music, demonstrations and games, including bingo, will be held from 6 to about 10 p.m.
Japanese flower arrangements known as Ikebana, miniature bonsai trees and artwork by local artists will also be displayed.
For more information, call (209) 368-5589.
Greek Orthodox to host symposium
A day-long symposium on preserving Greek culture will be held today at St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church, 920 W. March Lane, Stockton.
Discussions will center on how to collect and preserve important artifacts, photographs, newspaper articles, books, letters and diaries, how to conduct and document oral histories, how to get started in research, computer assistance and Greek experience in the West.
The $50 registration fee includes all events, materials, continental breakfast, lunch and dinner. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the program beginning at 9.
To register, call Gayle Maduros at (209) 465-7672 or Patricia Manuse at (209) 460-1110.
Former Lodian to return home
Ralph Henderson, a 20-year Lodi resident who now lives in Siskiyou County, will return to his old home to perform in concert with his family at 7 p.m. June 23 at Fairmont Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Henderson heads a family musical organization known as Call to Praise Ministry. He and his wife, son and daughter will perform songs from his five CDs.
For more information, call (530) (209) 475-3675.
Christian pop groups to perform in Galt
Lodi's own Test of Faith, along with Newsong, both Christian pop groups, will perform at 6 p.m. June 22 in an outdoor concert at Galt High School, 145 N. Lincoln Way.
Participants are advised to bring lawn chairs and blankets for the concert, sponsored by Horizon Community Church in Galt. Admission is $7.50 in advance and $10 at the gate. For more information, call (209) 745-0700.
Celebrating lives of loved ones
Those who have recently lost a loved one may attend a celebration of their lives at 2 p.m. June 27 at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 1540 W. Lodi Ave.
The service is sponsored by Hospice Preferred Choice. For more information, call the Rev. Tom Flynn at (800) 928-8841.
Talent show next week
Single Adult Ministries will present "S.A.M.'s night at the Apollo" from 6 to 9 p.m. June 23 in the First Baptist Church gym, 3535 N. El Dorado St., Stockton.
Participants will be given the opportunity to display their talent. Call Monica at (209) 478-9335 for more information on the talent show.
Child care will be by reservation only by calling Tami at (209) 466-4368.
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