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B'Nai Emet to Host Purim Carnival

March 03, 2001

* B'nai Emet will host its Purim carnival, with games, food and raffle prizes, from noon to 4 p.m. March 11 at 3050 Kadota St., Simi Valley.

Other services and activities: Shabbat service, 7 p.m. March 9, with the congregation meeting at 4645 Industrial Ave., No. 2-C, Simi Valley; an evening of Broadway music will be staged with members of the Young Artists Ensemble March 17 at the Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Show time: 7 p.m. $35.

For information, call 581-3723.

Temple Plans Holiday Activities

* Temple Etz Chaim will celebrate the Purim holiday with its annual carnival festivities, hosted by the temple's youth group, on Sunday from 12:30-3 p.m. There will be food, pony rides, games, prizes and a silent auction. The holiday will also be observed during services Thursday at 7 p.m. Children are encouraged to come in costume for a masquerade walk, which will be followed by a brief service led by Rabbi Richard Spiegel and cantor Jeff Cohen.

On Friday, the temple's men's club will host retired Israeli General Fredy Zack as guest speaker during services, beginning at 8:15 p.m.

The temple is at 1080 Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 497-6891.

Academy Offers Series on Holidays

* The Conejo Jewish Academy will offer a three-part series focusing on the upcoming Purim and Passover holidays. Course work in "The Holidays of Redemption" will cover the historical significance of the holidays. Installments will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March14 and March 21. $18. For more information, call (818) 991-0991. Internet: http://www.jewishacademy.com. The academy is at 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills.

Chabad of Conejo to Hold Festival

* Chabad of the Conejo will hold its Purim holiday festival Thursday at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza Hotel, 880 S. Westlake Blvd. The grand ballroom will be transformed into the ancient city of Shushan, and costumed characters will portray historical figures that are prominent in the retelling of the holiday's beginnings. Festivities will begin at 7 p.m. Festival-goers are encouraged to come in a costume of their choosing. Families, $15; individuals, $4. For more information, call (818) 991-0991.

Ojai Valley Adventist Sermon Series

* Pastor David Smith of Ojai Valley Adventist Church will continue a sermon series titled "Your Most Radical Decision" today. The ninth installment is titled "This Offer Void Everywhere." A visiting youth group from Loma Linda University will perform praise music.

Services are held at 10:45 a.m. each Saturday and include contemporary and traditional Christian music. Bible study begins at 9:30 a.m.

The church is at 291 E. El Roblar Drive. For information, call 955-7631.

Christian Band to Perform at CLU

* The Christian band Caedmon's Call will perform 8 p.m. Thursday at Cal Lutheran University's auditorium, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. The seven-member band will be joined by Sandra McCracken and the Normals. $11. For more information, call 493-3954.

Methodists to Gather for Services

* Pastor Rob Calderhead will give a sermon Sunday at United Methodist Church of Westlake Village. An informal interactive service meets at 8 a.m. in Alton Hall; casual attire is encouraged. Traditional worship services are held at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday school classes for all ages meet at 9 a.m. Infant and toddler care is provided during each service.

Tonight at 7, the music committee will present a variety show titled "Methodist Madness Goes Latin." $7 general, $2 senior citizens and students. Proceeds will benefit the music program.

The church is at 1049 S. Westlake Blvd. For information, call 497-7884. Internet: http://www.umcwv.org.

Church Plans 'Bread of Life' Dinner

* All Saints Episcopal Church in Oxnard will hold a "Bread of Life" dinner for the homeless at 5:30 p.m. today in the parish hall.

On Sunday, a communion worship service will be held at 8 a.m. A Spanish-language worship service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Also, Sunday school classes for children ages 5 to 12 begin at 10:30 a.m.; youth Bible study for junior high and high school students begins at 11 a.m.

The church is at 144 South C St. For information, call 483-2347.

Unity Center Church Service

* The Rev. Irma Oestmann will deliver the message "Your Mountain of Strength" on Sunday at Unity Center Church in Thousand Oaks. The 10 a.m. service will include music by the Cornelius Sisters.

Children's church is held during the service and child care is available. Also Sunday, a continuing adult discussion series will be held at 9:15 a.m.

The church meets at Old Meadows Park's Community Room, 1600 Marview Road. For information, call 496-6901.

Services at First Presbyterian

* Pastor James K. Bain Jr. will deliver the sermon "The Culture Wars" at 10 a.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of Oxnard. The message will be based on the scriptures Luke 4:1-13.

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