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March 24, 2001

* Congregation Am HaYam in Oxnard will present the concert "Songs of the Heart II--Shirav Ha Lev" at 8 tonightat Oxnard High School, 3400 W. Gonzales Road. Performers will include cantors Nathan Lam of Stephen S. Wise Temple and Joseph Gole of Sinai Temple, plus mezzo-soprano Rickie Gole. The varied program will include cantorial, pop and operatic works. $18. Call 985-2853. Internet:

* Seventh-day Adventist Church in Simi Valley will host a forum on "The Return of Christ and the Secret Rapture" from 4 to 6 p.m. today. Pastor Charles Jenson will discuss the results of an investigation into the secret rapture teachings. The church is at 1636 Sinaloa St. Call 526-0141.

* Temple Etz Chaim will present "Matzah Madness," a retelling of the Passover story at 3 p.m. Sunday. The audience-participation program will include a variety of musical styles, costumes and storytelling. $12 general, $6 children.

The temple is at 1080 Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Call 497-6891.

* Temple Beth Torah in Ventura will present the fund-raiser "A Night at the Oscars!" beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday. The event will include a giant projection TV screen, hors d'oeuvres, a martini bar, contests, raffles, and live and silent auctions. Cost is $100 per person or V.I.P. donations of $2,500, $1,000 or $500.

The temple is at 7620 Foothill Road. Call 647-4181.

* St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church in Thousand Oaks will administer the sacrament of the sick following today's 5:30 p.m. Mass, and after the 7:30, 9 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday Masses. Catholics who are elderly, seriously ill or facing surgery are invited to receive the sacrament.

The church is at 155 E. Janss Road. Call 496-0222.

* The Pleasant Valley Center for Positive Living in Camarillo will continue a four-part workshop drawing on ideas from the Carolyn Myss book "Anatomy of the Spirit," plus Christian sacraments and other spiritual literature. The two-hour sessions will be led by the Rev. Marilyn Jensen-Johnson. Remaining noon meeting dates: Sunday, April 8 and April 22. Preregistration is required. Cost: $10 per session.

The center is at 221 Daily Drive, Suite 1. Call 482-4300.

* St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Camarillo will host a special luncheon Sunday to commemorate the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary and to observe Greek Independence Day. The 10 a.m. liturgy will include special prayers and hymns of thanksgiving, followed by a fish lunch. $8 general, $3.50 children. The church is at 400 Skyway Drive. Call 488-0560.

* The Westlake Church of Religious Science will host a retreat titled "An Adventure With Your Higher Power" on March 30-31. Presented by Heart to Heart Retreats, the program will focus on "finding your authentic ideas, deeper enjoyment of life and releasing blocks to communication with family, co-workers and others in your life." Advance, $50; at the door, $60. The church is at 2649 Townsgate Road, Suite 500., Westlake Village. Call 778-1700.

* Guest pastor Lyn Thomas of Wesleyan Church of Ojai Valley will deliver a message today at Ojai Valley Adventist Church. Services are at 10:45 a.m. Saturdays and include contemporary and traditional Christian music. Bible study begins at 9:30 a.m. The church is at 291 E. El Roblar Drive. Call 955-7631.

* Guest pastor Jill Martinez will deliver the sermon "Are You Terrified?" at 10 a.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of Oxnard. The message will be based on Mark 16:1-8.

There will be Sunday school for youths during the service. Adult Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. Child care is available at all services. The church is at 850 Ivywood Drive. Call 983-0204. Internet:

* Temple Ner Ami in Camarillo holds weekly Shabbat services at 7:30 p.m. Fridays with Rabbi Kenneth Milhander.

Tonight at 7 p.m., the temple will screen "The Frisco Kid" as part of its Saturday Night at the Movies series. $1.

The temple is at 4098 Calle Tesoro, Suite D. Call 388-3824.

* Camarillo Community Church holds Sunday worship services at 8, 9, 10:10 and 11:20 a.m. This week's message is titled "The Way to Great Relationships."

Children's programming is at 9, 10:10 and 11:20 a.m.

The church is at 1322 Las Posas Road. Call 482-2657.

* Guest pastor Bobbi McMullen will deliver a sermon titled "Come, Rejoice with Me" on Sunday at north Oxnard United Methodist Church. The message will draw from Luke 15. The worship service is at 10:30 a.m.

The church is at 1801 S. Joliet Place. Call 485-0778.

* The Rev. Lynne Austin will continue a Lenten sermon series Sunday with a message titled "Feasting" at St. Matthew's United Methodist Church in Newbury Park. Worship services are at 8:30 and 10 a.m.

Worship at St. Matthew's is relaxed and interactive, with child care and children's classes available during the second service. The church is at 1360 S. Wendy Drive. Call 498-6910.

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