St. Justin Martyr Catholic Church will sponsor a discussion on "Dead Man Walking: A Catholic Response" from 7:15 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Speakers include actor Mike Farrell, president of Death Penalty Focus of California, and the Rev. John McAndrew, member of Catholics Against Capital Punishment. The church is at 2050 W. Ball Road, Anaheim. (714) 774-2407.
Temple Isaiah of Newport Beach will celebrate the Festival of Simchat Torah at 8 p.m. Friday. The festival, whose name in Hebrew means "The Rejoicing of the Law," celebrates the completion of the reading of the Five Books of Moses. Rabbi David Rosenberg will officiate. The temple is at 2401 Irvine Ave. (714) 548-6900.
Archibald and Kathleen Hart will share their views on "Overcoming Incompatibility in Marriage: How to Turn Your Differences Into Blessings" during the "Couples Garden" seminar at 5 p.m. today at Presbyterian Church of the Master. Archibald Hart is a psychology professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Kathleen Hart is chaplain to student wives at the seminary.
The church's Women's Assn. will sponsor a "Season's in Christ" holiday brunch and boutique at 10 a.m. Oct. 25. Tickets are $6. The church is at 26051 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo.
Call to Action, Orange County, a renewal movement in the Roman Catholic Church, will have a meeting at 7 p.m. Friday at University Center, Irvine. Lesley Wirpsa, West Coast reporter for the National Catholic Reporter, will focus on the hierarchy of the church as she discusses her recent trip to South America. The center is at 4255 Campus Drive, Suite 290, Irvine. (714) 854-2563.
Inactive Roman Catholics are invited to a discussion on scripture, morality, faith communities and more at 6:15 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady Queen of Angels Parish Center. Anyone who has been away from the church, feels spiritually empty or just has questions is encouraged to attend. The center is at 2046 Mar Vista Drive, Newport Beach. (714) 548-3844.
St. John's Lutheran Church will present Charles Ore in an organ and choral concert at 4 p.m. Sunday. Jubilate, the church's adult choir and brass ensemble, will accompany Ore. A freewill offering will be taken. The church is at 185 S. Center Drive, Orange. (714) 288-4400.
Rabbi Arnold Rachlis and Cantor Ruti Braier will lead Simchat Torah services at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the University Synagogue. Rachlis will speak on "Judaism for the 21st Century" during services at 7 p.m. Friday. The synagogue is at 4915 Alton Parkway, Irvine. (714) 553-3535.
George E. Saint-Laurent, professor emeritus of comparative religion at Cal State Fullerton, will present an evening of reflection and study on church history at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Polycarp Catholic Church. A $2 donation will be accepted. The church is at 8100 Chapman Ave., Stanton. (714) 897-6306.
St. Irenaeus Church will offer "Coming Home" inquiry nights from 7 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 23 in the education building. Inactive Roman Catholics are encouraged to attend. The church is at 5201 Evergreen Ave., Cypress. (714) 826-0760.
A recital featuring tenor Roger Patterson will take place at 5 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Patterson has performed as lead tenor with the New York City and Memphis operas. A freewill offering will be taken and a reception will follow. The church is at 111 W. Las Palmas Drive, Fullerton. (714) 879-8290.
The Mainzer Domchor (Cathedral Choir of Mainz, Germany) will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church of Garden Grove. The choir consists of 65 boys and has a wide-ranging repertoire. Cost is $5.
The church women will have their Holiday Bazaar from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Oct. 25 in Acker Hall. A brunch will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a cost of $5 for adults and $3 for children. The church is at 12741 Main St. (714) 534-1070.
An introduction to Zen meditation will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Newport Mesa Zen Center. The workshop will teach meditation techniques and ways to incorporate them into life. Cost is $30. The center is at 711 W. 17th St., Suite A-8, Costa Mesa. (714) 722-7818.
The women of Bethlehem Lutheran Church will have their annual Apple Festival Bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the southern church parking lot. Proceeds will benefit several church programs and the Bethlehem Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. The church is at 3352 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos. (310) 430-3444.
Temple Beth Shalom will have a Sukkot Country Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. There will be a petting zoo, a Biblical farmers market, a scavenger hunt and a time machine depicting occupations of Biblical times. Games, food, arts and crafts, a camel ride and live entertainment will also be featured. The temple is at 2625 N. Tustin Ave., Santa Ana. (714) 771-9229.