CANTOR APPOINTED: Gary Bachlund has been appointed principal cantor for the 1997-98 season at Temple Beth Emet, a Reform Jewish congregation, 600 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank. Bachlund, a tenor, served five years at Temple Ahavat Shalom in Northridge and has appeared as guest cantor at several others. Since a Carnegie Hall debut in 1986, he has appeared with leading opera companies around the world, among them the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Opera de Paris, Oper Koln and Frankfurt Oper. Bachlund will work with the temple's Rabbi Mark Sobel during Friday night services and holidays.
LIVING NATIVITY: A free outdoor nativity drama will be presented from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 8520 Winnetka Ave., Canoga Park. Other activities include carolers, a petting zoo, pony rides, children's crafts, door prizes and refreshments. Information: (818) 341-3460.