Oxnard Church Hosts Carwash : ...

A youth carwash and a burrito and bake sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.today at All Saints Episcopal Church in Oxnard in the church parking lot.

All Saints is at 144 South C St. For more information, call 483-2347.

1st Bar Mitzvah at Am HaYam

Congregation Am HaYam in Oxnard announces that Marc Weinberg will be called before the Torah at 10 a.m. today as a bar mitzvah. This represents the first bar mitzvah to be held at Am HaYam.

Services will be held at the Oxnard Monday Club, 1401 W. Gonzales Road. For more information about Am HaYam, call 985-2853.

St. Anthony's to Hold Dance

The women's council of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Oxnard will sponsor a dance tonight in the Condon Center at the church beginning at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $5 at the door. Music will be by Vinyl Time in Motion. No one under 21 will be admitted.

The church is at 2511 South C St. Call 466-7301 for more information.

Calvary Community Church Events

Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village offers several events in October.

Today, take "A Walk Through the Old Testament," which will be held at the church. On Friday through Oct. 23, the Dennis Jernigan Worship Seminar and Concert will be held on church grounds.

For breakfast information, call (818) 575-2267. For information on "A Walk Through the Old Testament," call (818) 575-2236, and for more information on the seminar and concert, call (818) 575-2234.

Calvary Community Church is at 5495 Via Rocas. For general information, call (818) 991-8040.

'Handicapables' to Meet

The Ventura County Handicapables meeting for the physically disabled is set for today at St. Joseph's Hospital, 2464 E. Ojai Ave., in Ojai. All faiths are invited.

Registration is at 11 a.m., followed by an 11:30 a.m. Mass. Lunch and entertainment are free.

For more information, call Catholic Charities office at 643-4694 in Ventura or 486-2900 in Oxnard.

Interfaith Church Moves Service

The Interfaith Church for Today of Thousand Oaks will move its Sunday service to the main ballroom of the Thousand Oaks Inn beginning Sunday. Special musical guests this week will include songwriter-performers John Durrill and Frank Morgan.

Volunteers who have helped the church feed the homeless will be honored Sunday.

The Interfaith Church teaches self-empowerment rather than enforcing a particular dogma or creed, said Leila Newell of the congregation.

Numerous discussion groups, courses, women's and men's groups and outreach programs are offered. All faiths are welcome.

Sunday worship services, with Sunday school and nursery care, begin at 10 a.m. at the inn's main ballroom at 75 W. Thousand Oaks Blvd. For more information, call 379-9336.

Conejo Valley Jewish Craft Fair

The first Conejo Valley Jewish Craft Fair will be held Sunday on the grounds outside Temple Etz Chaim in Thousand Oaks.

Artisans from throughout the area will display their wares, including ceramics, glass votives, stained glass, bar and bat mitzvah photo albums, quilts and more.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. The temple is at 1080 Janss Road. For information, call (818) 889-8047.

Panel Discussion on Faith

First United Methodist Church in Ventura will hold a panel discussion on "What My Faith Means to Me" on Monday.

The 7 p.m. program will have local presenters from the Bahai faith, Roman Catholicism, Seventh-day Adventism and United Church of Christ.

A five-minute talk by each speaker will be followed by 1 1/2 hours of questions and answers with the audience.

The moderator will be John M. Sherwood, past president of the San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council. Admission is free.

The church is at 1338 E. Santa Clara St. Call 643-8621 for information.

Blind Woman to Give Lectur

Marcia Schwartz, who lost her eyesight as an adult, will talk about her journey from "darkness to light" in a lecture titled "More Than the Eye Can See" at the Conejo Jewish Academy at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Ticket reservations are $10 and may be obtained by calling (818) 991-0991.

The academy is at 30345 Canwood St. in Agoura Hills.

New School to Hold Open Houses

The new Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village will give families of prospective ninth- and 10th-grade students an opportunity to explore the campus and meet with faculty members during a series of open houses. The school will hold its first classes in the fall of 2000.

An admissions open house will be held on the new high school's $41-million campus at 31749 La Tienda Drive from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 6 and from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 7.

At all preview events, prospective students and their families will meet Oaks Christian High School headmaster Jeff Woodcock and other faculty members. The open houses will feature campus tours and information on financial aid.

Additional informational coffees will be held Tuesday, Thursday and Oct. 26 in the area.

For more information, call (818) 575- 9900.

Lecture on 'Ultimate Concerns'

Craig Johnson, pastor of Bethel Christian Fellowship in Agoura Hills, will continue the Bethel Forum with the third lecture in a five-part series addressing "Ultimate Concerns" on Wednesday.

The free public lectures run from 7 to 9 p.m. Refreshments will be provided and free child care is available.

The church is at 5310 Derry Ave., Suite P. Call (818) 889-7215 for more information.

Rabbi to Speak on 'Gifts of Jews'

Rabbi Shimon Paskow of Temple Etz Chaim in Thousand Oaks will speak Friday on "The Gifts of the Jews." Thomas Cahill, an Irish Catholic, wrote the best-selling book about "how a tribe of desert nomads changed the way everyone thinks and feels."

Paskow has visited Israel more than 30 times.

Traditional Friday evening Kabbalat Shabbat services begin at 8:15.

For additional information, call 497-6891. The temple is at 1080 Janss Road.

Official to Discuss Homelessnes

Ventura County Supervisor Kathy Long will speak about homelessness at the Ventura County Council of Churches dinner Friday in Ventura.

The dinner will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 1338 E. Santa Clara St.

Fellowship time begins at 6, a catered dinner by Janet Campbell will follow at 6:30., and the evening's program will begin at 7:30.

Reservations are $10 and may be obtained by calling the Rev. Richard Beving at 482-9566.

Council of Churches Plans Dinner

The Ventura County Council of Churches will put on its annual fall fellowship dinner Friday at Ventura's First United Methodist Church.

All are invited to attend the dinner, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration is at 6; the program begins at 7:30. The cost for the evening is $10 per person. For information, call the Rev. Richard Beving at 482-9566.

First United Methodist is at 1338 E. Santa Clara St.

The council also sponsors an ecumenical dialogue on the third Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo. Call 643-8621 for information.

Concert to Aid At-Risk Children

Musical Connections, a concert of contemporary and inspirational music sponsored by the Unity Center Church, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Westlake Church of Religious Science in Westlake Village.

Proceeds from the $12 tickets will benefit With Love, Grandma, a nonprofit group that provides backpacks to at-risk children.

Performers will include singer-songwriter David Ault, composer Daniel Nahmod, pianist Estaban and Mary Coppin, who performs inspirational music.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 496-6901. The Westlake Church of Religious Science is at 2649 Townsgate Road.

Simi Festival to Feature 12 Band

The band Jars of Clay will headline the 12-band Edgefest in Simi Valley on Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Edgefest Festival Grounds at the 118 Freeway and 1st Street.

Founder and event coordinator James Craft, the senior high youth pastor of Sonrise Christian Fellowship in Simi Valley, said, "We've expanded an evening concert into an all-day music festival for the entire family."

Also playing will be Five Iron Frenzy, Jennifer Knapp, the W's, the Insyderz, Knowdaverbs, Ghoti Hook, Stavesacre, Dogwood, Silage, Plumbline and Justin McRoberts. Comedian Brad Stine will serve as emcee.

The event will include professional in-line skate demonstrations, open skating, food and drink concessions, vendors, games, a climbing wall and a human slingshot.

The cost for the entire day is $12 in advance and $14 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at The Edge at 2350 Shasta Way or by calling (877) 958-EDGE.

Chabad, Store Plan 'Kosher Week'

Chabad of the Conejo will co-sponsor "Kosher Week" during the week of Oct. 24 with Bristol Farms Supermarket in Westlake Village.

Tours of the market will educate the public on products that are or are not kosher. A lecture titled "Why Keep Kosher?" will be held at the Conejo Jewish Academy in Agoura Hills at 8 p.m. Oct. 25. A workshop on gourmet salads is set for 5 p.m. Oct. 26 at Avi's Kosher Connection, 30313 Canwood St., in Agoura Hills.

For more information on kosher week events, call Rabbi Yisroel Levine at (818) 991-0991.

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