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Candlelight Celebration at Tustin Unity Church


A "Celebration of Truth," a candlelight service with song, prayer and meditation, will begin at 7 p.m. Monday at Unity Church of Tustin. The Rev. Lois Ryan, Roberta David-Lewis, Katherine Morningstar and the church Healing Team will focus on the integration of mind, body and spirit in a celebration of oneness with the Holy Spirit. An offering will be taken. Unity Church will also offer a "Couples and Communication" workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. The event, facilitated by psychologist Virginia Foster, offers techniques for improving listening skills, understanding and acknowledging needs, expressing anger without attacking and more. Cost is $25 per person or $35 for couples. The church is at 14402 S. Prospect Ave. (714) 730-4386.


The Christian band Hannah and Friends will play July 20 at the First United Methodist Church of Seal Beach. The band members include Hannah Kim and other Orange County High School of the Arts students. The performance will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be available. On July 27, the Midway City teenage trio, Girls Next Door will perform. Alishia, Breanna and Crystal Fry sing and play guitars and drums. The church is at 10th and Central streets, one block from downtown Seal Beach. (562) 431-0494.


The Orange County Buddhist Church will observe Obon, a custom that honors the dead, with services, dancing and a bazaar/carnival as part of the annual Obon Festival on Saturday and Sunday. The church is at 909 S. Dale Ave., Anaheim.

* Those in need of spiritual healing are encouraged to attend a Mass of Healing at 7:15 p.m. Monday at St. Angela Merici Catholic Church in Brea. The Rev. Charles R. Lueras will give the message "Jesus Heals!" Lueras, of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Los Angeles, has shared his faith on TV, radio and national conferences. He and his guitar will accompany the Catholic praise band Ruach. The church is at 585 S. Walnut Ave. (714) 525-1774.

* The theme of the annual National Catholic Family Conference on July 28 and 29 in Long Beach will be "The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Third Millennium." The weekend features presentations on topics relating to the family and Catholic faith by internationally renowned Catholic speakers. This year's keynote speaker will be Alex Jones, an African American Pentecostal pastor from Detroit, who will tell the story of how he and his congregation entered the Catholic Church. A variety of speakers will offer programs for adults, teens and children. These include Scott Hahn, a former Presbyterian minister and convert to the Catholic faith, and his wife, Kimberly; Tim Staples, a former Assemblies of God youth minister who has devoted his career to presenting and defending the Catholic faith he once attacked; Matthew Arnold, who will discuss his experiences with the new-age movement; Jesse Romero, a former Los Angeles police officer and kickboxing champion who now challenges Catholics to live a more vibrant faith. Cost for the weekend is $50 for adults, $20 for children, $85 for families and free for priests and seminarians. The conference will be at the Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. (626) 331-3637 or (877) 526-2151.

* The third annual California Irish Festival will occur next weekend at Brothers of St. Patrick in Midway City. Among festivities will be an Irish dancing competition with more than 700 dancers, children's games, live entertainment and Irish food. Performers will include the European Celtic Folk band Wayward Sons and the Irish folk and rock band Wrath of McGrath. A raffle, with an Irish vacation grand prize, will occur Sunday. The festival takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. next Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children. Brother's of St. Patrick is at 7820 Bolsa Ave. (714) 846-0415.

* The Huntington Beach Christian Women's Club will sponsor its "Let's Sparkle" luncheon Wednesday at the Los Caballeros Sports Village Ballroom in Fountain Valley. There will be a fashion show and music. The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $14. Los Caballeros is at 17272 Newhope St. (714) 546-8560.


"Teaching the Light of the World," a Southern California Catholic home educators curriculum fair and workshop, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 14085 Peyton Drive, Chino Hills. This annual event will feature Jesse Romero, Laura Berquist, Cathy Duffy, Dr. Richard Wetzel, Mary-Mark Haggard and Jonathan Hodge and will include seminars on home schooling. Registration is $15, exhibit hall entrance is free. (909) 590-7224.

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