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Temple Offers Hypnotism Show

April 18, 1998

Temple Etz Chaim of Thousand Oaks invites the public to the Marc Bachrach Hypnotism Show at 8 p.m. today. The fund-raising event will also feature magician Richard Burr.

A dessert reception will follow.

Tickets at the door are $22 for adults and $16 for seniors. For more information, call 583-8152. The temple is at 1080 Janss Road.

Anniversary of Historic Church

* A special celebration of musical, spiritual and community events will commemorate the 100-year anniversary of historic Bardsdale United Methodist Church today and Sunday.

The church, surrounded by orchards, is the only remaining community building in Bardsdale.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the church was dedicated April 15, 1898, after being built by its congregation on land donated by Thomas Bard. Described as "carpenter Gothic architecture," its brownstone material was hauled from nearby Sespe Creek.

An 8 a.m. communion service will be offered today, followed by docent tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A 7 p.m. ice cream social and family fellowship are scheduled tonight.

At 10 a.m. Sunday, Bishop Roy Sano will lead the centennial rededication worship service. The public is welcome to the free barbecue luncheon that follows and to all other events.

The church is at 1498 Bardsdale Ave., Fillmore. For information, call 524-2070.

Seminars on Relationships Offered

* A seminar series titled "Building Strong Relationships" will begin Sunday at Oxnard's First Presbyterian Church. It will begin at 9 a.m. and run for three Sunday mornings preceding the 10 a.m. worship service.

Tom Prinz, marriage, family and child counselor, will conduct the series.

Child care will be provided. For reservations, call the church office at 983-0204. First Presbyterian is at 850 Ivywood Drive.

Church Plans Fireside Discussion

* The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invites the public to an open house and fireside discussion at 7 p.m. Sunday in Ventura. The one-hour family oriented program will be presented in Spanish and English.

A display, video and handouts will be included.

The church is at 3501 Loma Vista Road. For information, call 659-1758.

Ceremony to Recall Holocaust

* Jewish Families of Camarillo will hold a Yom Hashoa or Day of Holocaust ceremony Sunday at the JFC-Temple Ner Ami.

Remarks by Ventura County Supervisor Kathy Long, Camarillo Mayor Charlotte Craven and Ventura County schools Supt. Charles Weis are planned.

The afternoon's focus will be to mourn the several million people who perished under the Nazis and reflect on lessons learned. Joining JFC-Temple Ner Ami in sponsoring the 3:30 p.m. event will be several Jewish organizations, including B'nai B'rith.

JFC-Temple Ner Ami, a 150-family Reform congregation, will hold the observance at 4098 Calle Tesoro, Suite D. For information, call the temple at 388-3824.

Jewish Adult Education Expands

* Representing the joint efforts of four area synagogues and three Jewish organizations, a Jewish adult education program will be offered by the new Conejo Valley Consortium for Adult Jewish Education and the Bel-Air-based University of Judaism. Classes will begin Sunday at local synagogues.

"This is a response to the significant growth of the Jewish population in the Conejo Valley," said Michael Lotker, consortium administrator at its Thousand Oaks headquarters.

The program's spring semester will offer a series of Sunday night lectures and extensive weeknight courses.

The consortium is made up of Temples Adat Elohim, Beth Haverim, Etz Chaim and Congregation Or Ami, along with Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School-West Campus, the Conejo Valley JCC for Early Childhood and Family Education, and the Jewish Federation / Valley Alliance.

Lotker said the program significantly expands the University of Judaism's role in bringing adult education classes to the Conejo Valley.

Four Sunday lectures and four six-session weeknight courses on aspects of Judaism will be offered in April and May. Costs are $10 per lecture or $66 per course, plus a registration fee.

For information, call Lotker at 241-0485. The consortium is at 1379 Calle Crisantemo.

Israel's 50th Anniversary Observed

* "Israel at 50" is the theme of a countywide observance sponsored by the Ventura County United Jewish Appeal / Federation throughout April, May and June. UJA / Federation provides funds for local and overseas programs that support Jewish life.

On Monday, the Camarillo section of the National Council of Jewish Women will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the Marquie Banquet Center at 340 Mobil Ave. Camarillo section Vice President Muriel Helfenbein will speak.

A Sabbath service is set for Congregation Am HaYam at the Oxnard Monday Club, 1401 W. Gonzales Road, at 8 p.m. May 1.

For information on these events, call Marvin Rosenthal, executive director of Ventura County UJA / Federation, at 647-7800.

Holocaust Remembrance Services

* Several county congregations will hold Holocaust remembrance services this week.

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