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Halloween Alternatives

October 28, 2000|GENA PASILLAS

The 12th Annual Mariners Church Harvest Carnival, a safe, positive alternative to Halloween, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. The event features prizes, pie throwing, a petting zoo, live music, food and "tons of candy." Friendly costumes are welcome. Admission is a can of food, which will be donated to the Orange County Rescue Mission. Tickets for food, rides and activities can be purchased at the carnival. The Mariners Church Community Center is at 5001 Newport Coast Drive, Irvine. (949) 206-9921, ext. 2.

Cypress Church will have its Harvest Festival 2000 from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. This safe Halloween alternative celebration will feature the polar plunge, fantastic fun house, booming bungee run, food, face painting and more. Come dressed as your favorite hero. Cost is $2 per child. The church is at 6143 Ball Road, Cypress. (714) 952-3001.

Garden Grove United Methodist Church will have its Fun Halloween Party from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. There will be a jack-o'-lantern contest (bring your carved pumpkin) and a costume parade with prizes, games and more. Children can also trick-or-treat through the Sunday school rooms. Each family is asked to bring an unopened bag of treats and $1 per child. The church is at 12741 Main St., Garden Grove. (714) 534-1070.

Concerts

"Sing a Song of the Saints of God," an afternoon retreat at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. today. The event will prepare children for the traditional celebration of All Saints Day. Children will learn through music and games. The church is at 1221 Wass St., Tustin. (714) 544-3141.

The Huntington Beach Church of Religious Science concert series will feature Joanne Juliet Lapointe in "Phenomenal Woman" from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $15. The church is at 7641 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach. (714) 596-0900.

Renee Bondi will appear in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at United Methodist Church of Yorba Linda. Bondi helped form the Reeve-Irvine Spinal Cord Research Center fund-raiser with Christopher Reeve and has appeared on "Hour of Power" with the Rev. Robert H. Schuller several times. Harpist Jennifer Wehmueller will perform at 6:30 p.m. An offering will be taken. Child care provided to age 2. The church is at 19002 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda. (714) 777-2885.

A Fall HymnFest will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Concordia University Center for Worship and Performing Arts. The event will feature organist John Ferguson from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. Tickets are $10. A church music workshop will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Cost is $48. The university is at 1530 Concordia West, Irvine. (949) 854-8002.

Special Events

St. Irenaeus Church will offer the women's retreat "Growing From the Inside Out" Nov. 3 through 5 at the Claretian Renewal Center in Los Angeles. Cost is $155. The church is at 5201 Evergreen Ave., Cypress. (714) 821-5531.

Presbyterian Church of the Master will offer a study on recovering from broken relationships from 7 to 8:30 Mondays through Dec. 6. The church is at 26051 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo. (949) 582-2670.

Temple Beth David invites its members and the community to take part in the Millennium Mitzvah Day, an event devoted to social action projects at the temple and throughout Orange County, at 9 a.m. Sunday. A $20 family donation is requested. The temple is at 6100 Hefley St., Westminster. (714) 892-6623.

The Rev. Karen Stoyanoff and religious education director JoAnne Weber-Baligad will lead an intergenerational service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church. The service, patterned after the "Day of the Dead" holiday celebrated in many cultures, will honor departed loved ones with pictures, flowers and food. The church is at 1259 Victoria St., Costa Mesa. (949) 646-4652.

Church Women United of Capistrano Valley will have its World Community Day 2000, "Standing Up With Those in Need," at noon Friday at St. Margaret of Scotland Episcopal Church. Representatives from six local organizations will speak on programs serving those in need. Lunch will consist of a tostada buffet for $4. The church is at 31641 La Novia, San Juan Capistrano. (949) 661-0110.

"Fulfilling the Vision" will be the theme for Celebration Sunday between the morning services (8:30 and 11 a.m.) at Trinity United Presbyterian Church. The event will feature a children's art display, music and more. The church is at 13922 N. Prospect Ave., Santa Ana. (714) 544-7850.

Lectures

Radio personality Dennis Prager will speak on the Middle East crisis at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the North County Chabad Center. The talk is the first in a series of lectures. Tickets are $20 per lecture or $36 for the series. The center is at 19045 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda. (714) 693-0770.

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