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Events With a Mission

September 02, 1997

The San Fernando Mission's bicentennial has inspired a host of events both religious and secular that will begin this weekend.


* Couples who were married at the San Fernando Mission or who are celebrating milestone anniversaries are invited to renew their vows in an interdenominational ceremony from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Memory Garden in Brand Park, 15174 San Fernando Mission Blvd., across from the mission. There is no registration fee, but reservations are required. Parking is available near the park. (818) 756-8409


* A multicultural parade celebrating the diverse history of the San Fernando Valley will begin at 9:30 a.m. at San Fernando Middle School, 130 N. Brand Blvd., San Fernando. The 1 1/2-mile route will follow Brand Boulevard to Brand Park. (818) 756-8409

* Daylong festivities at Brand Park will include a Native American village with crafts and historical information, arts and crafts for children focusing on Valley history, entertainment for all ages, multicultural food and a display by painters, photographers and sculptors. Admission is free to the event that runs from noon to 7 p.m. Free parking is available at Facey Medical Group, 11211 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills, or for a $2 donation at Alemany High School, 15241 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills. A free shuttle will operate between the parking lots and Brand Park. (818) 756-8409

* The San Fernando Mission will host a symposium by several noted scholars, which is expected to attract academics from throughout the country. The roles of the Indians and friars will be explored as well as the economic life of the mission and its role in the new millennium. All seats are booked for this event.


* Cardinal Roger Mahony will say Mass at 10:30 a.m. at the Old Mission Church at the San Fernando Mission, 15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd., Mission Hills. Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking available at and around the mission. (818) 361-0186

* Festivities at Brand Park continue from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free. (See Saturday item for details.)

--Compiled by Stephanie Stassel

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