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Cathedral planning centennial events

The Cathedral of the Madeleine, 331 E. South Temple, will celebrate "A Century of Faith and Service 1909-2009" in August with a variety of events that begin on Aug. 9. Go to for more information.

First Unitarian talks spirituality in film

"A Spiritual Journey Through Film" will be presented by Richard Dutcher, movie director, at the Sunday, Aug. 9, 10 a.m. "Summer Forum" at the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake, 569 S. 1300 East. For more information, call 801-582-8687, or go to:

Annual Sunstone Symposium coming

The 2009 Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium will be Aug. 12-15 at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel, 150 W. 500 South. For details, go to

Catholic Services seeking backpacks

Catholic Community Services will be collecting new backpacks and school supplies for needy children on Friday, Aug. 14, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Donations can be dropped off at either Catholic Community Services, 745 E. 300 South, Salt Lake; or at the United Way Office at 2955 E. 300 South, Ogden.

Rummage sale set in Fruit Heights

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 796 S. Mountain Rd. (just off of Highway 89), Fruit Heights, will sponsor its annual "Rummage Sale" on Friday, Aug. 14., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 15, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The public is invited. Call 801-546-0212, or go to:

'Lutherfest 2009' at Murray City Park

"Luterfest 2009," the annual Lutheran Picnic, will be Saturday, Aug. 15, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Murray City Park, pavilion No. 2. Call Rick at 801-484-4552 for more information.

Hilltop to offer music camp for grades 1-6

The children's music program of Hilltop United Methodist Church, 985 E. 10600 South, Sandy, is offering a summer music camp to all children of the community in grades one through six, Aug. 17 - 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. There is a registration fee of $10, which counts toward the camp tuition cost of $20. Tuition for families registering more than one child is capped at $30. Contact Mary Jean Davison at 801-571-5777 for more information.

Methodists plan free Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School at Christ United Methodist Church, 2375 E. 3300 South, will be "Jesus Loves the Little Children, All the Children of the World" on Aug. 17-21, 9 a.m. to noon daily. This is free and open to the public. Activities include crafts such as beading, sampling foods like fry bread, playing American Indian games, singing songs and hearing stories. For questions or more information, please contact Vanitta Conrad at 801-486-5473.

Christian Life Center hosts Chona Pierce

Chona Pierce will perform at the Christian Life Center Church, 2352 E. Highway 193, Layton, on Sunday, Aug. 23, 6 p.m. Tickets are $18.50 in advance or $20 at the door.

This event is presented by the People for Christ Ministry, Go to: for tickets.

Free screening of 'Humanity Ascending'

A free, public screening of the movie, "Humanity Ascending," will be Monday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m., at All Saints Episcopal Church, 1710 Foothill Drive.

This is a film by Barbara Marx Hubbard. At the screening, there will also be a community discussion and sneak preview to a Dec. 11-12 conference with Hubbard, James O'Dea, Andrew Harvey and local leaders from the Salt Lake area. Go to: for more details.

St. Francis Xavier plans parish festival

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Parish, 4501 W. 5215 South, will hold its annual parish festival on Saturday, Aug. 29, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

There will be food, games and entertainment. The public is invited.

Workshop aims to reconnect with earth

Multiple organizations have teamed up to present a unique conference at Utah State University during the Labor Day weekend.

"The workshop, 'Sacred Space, Urban Grace,' is an initiation into ritual shamanism with the goals of reconnecting people in urban and campus environments to the living earth," said conference organizer Bonnie Glass-Coffin.

The workshop is Sept. 5-7 at the Eccles Conference Center on the USU campus.

Cost for the three-day workshop is $199 for adults, $77 for students with ID and free for children ages 8-16.

To register, call 1-435-797-0423 or 1-800-538-2663, or go to

St. Olaf to celebrate its 50th next year

St. Olaf Catholic School in Bountiful will celebrate its 50th year in 2010 and is seeking to contact past students so they can join in the anniversary celebrations.

If you know of any past students and their whereabouts, send an e-mail to

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