The Nritya Gitanjali School of Indian Classical Dance and Music will perform at 4 p.m. on Nov. 10 at Brecksville United Church of Christ, 23 Public Square in Brecksville.
During the program, Shoba Narayan (director of the school) will explain the symbolism in the movements of the performers. An overview of the Hindu religion and Indian culture will also be presented.
Narayan, who has taught dance for more than 40 years, offers classes in Strongsville and at the Shiva Vishnu Temple in Parma. Her husband teaches vocal classes.
The Brecksville performance is open to the public. A free-will offering and a light reception is planned.
For more information, call 440-526-4364 or go to www.brecksvilleucc.org.
In other religion news:
Akron-Canton Shambhala Center — 1707 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls. 7 p.m. Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17. An introductory meditation weekend retreat, The Art of Being Human, will be held. It is a full introduction to mindfulness-awareness meditation practice. 330-983-9019.
Antioch Baptist Church — 670 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 9. Celebrating 89 years of ministry with a banquet at University of Akron Infocision Stadium Club on the fifth floor. All church members at least 89 years old will be recognized and honored for their service to the church. Speaker will be Deacon Flora Dees of New Hope Baptist Church in Akron. Tickets are $35 or a table of eight for $240. 330-762-3469.
Blessed Trinity Church — 300 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron. 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Mass for Engineers, celebrating the engineering profession. Engineers, their families and those in the profession are invited to attend. Father Joseph Warner will host the third annual event. For more information, contact Gary Johnson at email@example.com.
First Church of Brethren — 1812 Marigold Ave., Akron. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today. All-you-can-eat soup supper plus desserts. Adults $6, ages 12 and under $4.
First United Methodist Church — 263 E. Mill St., Akron. 11 a.m. Sunday. All Saint’s Day Service honoring members of the community of faith who have gone home to the Lord during the past year. Bell ringing, candle lighting ceremony and an inspirational message by the Rev. Allan Bevere. Coffee hour with refreshments at 10:30 a.m. 330-376-8143.
Grace United Church of Christ — 13275 Cleveland Ave. NW, Lake Township. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Fall Festival for families in the surrounding community. Soup and salad dinner, trunk or treating, costume parade, scavenger hunt, hayride, face painting and songs around the campfire. 330-699-3255.
Grace United Methodist Church — 1720 Schneider St. NW, Plain Township. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Nov. 9. Art of Grace art sale will be held. Free admission and open to the public. Local artists will display and sell all handmade items, acrylic and watercolor paintings, jewelry, pottery, hook rugs, hand knits and more. Lunch and refreshments available for purchase. 330-499-2330.
New Exodus Christian Fellowship Church — 1063 S. Arlington St., Akron. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Rummage sale to raise funds for the church building fund will be held.
New Vision United Church of Christ — 3129 Market St. N., Canton. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. More than eight local artists will sell unique, handmade crafts at the Alternative Gifts MarketPlace. Jewelry, pottery, crochet, essential oils and more.
Northside Christian Church — 7615 Ridge Road, Sharon Township. Noon today. The fifth annual Pack the PODS food drive will be sponsored by the Men’s Ministry. It will continue until noon Nov. 17 and will be held in the church parking lot. It benefits the Helping Hands Food Pantry and the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. They will collect nonperishable food items, paper products, cleaning supplies and personal care items along with monetary donations. Most needed is boxed cereal, peanut butter and canned items, including tuna, vegetables, beef stew and soup. Also, diapers, toothpaste and toothbrushes.
Our Lady of Grace Church — 1088 Ridge Road, Hinckley Township. Thursday through Nov. 9. Hinckley Arts & Crafts Fall Show and Sale. Fine arts and Christmas crafts. 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Pasta dinner night, $6.50; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, includes free lunch for seniors; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 9, Gingerbread house making for kids at 11 a.m., cost is $2.50, reservation required. 330-278-3633.
Peninsula United Methodist Church — 1575 Main St., Peninsula. Election Day Dinner will be served for the community. Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m., 12:10 or 12:45 p.m.; dinner at 5, 5:50 and 6:45 p.m. Adults $10, children $5, carryout $8.50. Age 5 and under free. Reservations recommended. Call 330-657-2567.
Seville United Methodist Church — 74 W. Main St., Seville. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Holiday Craft Bazaar and Turkey Dinner. Lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., cost is $6. Dinner by reservation only, $9 for adults, $3.50 for ages 6-12, free for under age 6. Call 330-769-2836.
Stow Presbyterian Church — 4150 Fishcreek Road, Stow. 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 9. Holiday Healing, a program to help in dealing with grief through the holidays, will be hosted by the Stephen Ministry. It will include an overview of the grieving/depression process with ideas for coping. A question-and-answer session will conclude the program with light refreshments in the church cafe. There is no cost. Guests are welcome. 330-688-6935.
Chapel of Prayer Baptist Church — 1811 Brittain Road, Akron. 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 9. Concert celebrating the 90th birthday of Jim Buckner. Featuring some of the groups Buckner has sung with during the past 65 years including The Songsters, Four By Grace, Down Home Gospel Quartet and His Servants. Cake and ice cream served. Donations accepted to cover expenses and for a birthday gift. For more information, call Bruce Wells at 330-256-3114.
Church of Our Saviour, Episcopal — 471 Crosby St., Akron. 4 p.m. Sunday. Choral Evensong. Music by Brewer and Gibbons, with the parish choir and organist/choirmaster Richard Shirey. 330-535-9174.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church — 50 N. Prospect St., Akron. 8 p.m. Friday. Organist Todd Wilson will perform. 330-376-5154.
Malone University Kawfee Haus and Concert Series — Randall Campus Center (Stewart Room), 2600 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton. 9 p.m. Tuesday. Zach Vinson, a piano rock artist, will perform in concert. Free to Malone students with a valid ID, all others pay $5 at the door. 330-471-8240.
Malone University — Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts, 2600 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton. 10 a.m. Wednesday. The husband-and-wife drama Acts of Renewal (Carol Anderson-Shores and Jim Shores) will perform. Their mission is to create and produce theater that glorifies God. Free and open to the public.
Westminster Presbyterian Church — 1250 W. Exchange St., Akron. 5 p.m. Sunday. The second concert in the 15th season of the Five at Five concert series will feature a Festival Choral Concert with instrumental ensemble and organ. Includes Firestone High School, Revere High School, Cantate Singers and the Westminster Choir singing Requiem by John Rutter and Ezekiel Saw de Wheel by William Dawson. Child care available. 330-836-2226.
Zion Lutheran Church — 2233 Abbeyville Road, Valley City. 7 p.m. Nov. 16. A concert with singing duo Lost and Found will be held. Along with the music there will be stories, jokes and audience participation. Free-will offering. 330-241-0100.
Hamilton Forum — St. Michel the Archangel Church, the Fannon Center, 3430 St. Michael Drive NW, Plain Township. 11:30 a.m. Nov. 14. The Rev. Donald King, pastor at St. Michael, will be the speaker. His topic is Are You Really What You Eat? Life at the Intersection of Gastronomy and Spirituality. Cost of the luncheon is $12. Diocesan Religious Education Credits available. Reservations required by Nov. 11 at 330-649-1231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heart to Heart Communications — at St. Hilary Parish Center, 2750 W. Market St., Fairlawn. 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 10. A workshop on caring for caregivers will be held. Those caring for a parent, spouse or other family member with a physical or mental frailty are invited to attend. Learn practical ways to prevent or reduce depression and lethargy in the care recipient and lift the mood of the caregiver. Presented by Dr. Paul Hartman Stein, a clinical geropsychologist, and Father Norm Douglas, executive director of Heart to Heart. Cost is $35. Preregister at www.h2hc.org, or call 330-434-3278.
Malone University Center for Theology & Ministry — Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts (Room 106), 2600 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton. Dr. Renea Brathwaite will present Holy Fire: Constructing a Coherent Theology of the Holy Spirit for the 21st Century. Free and open to the public.
Renew — at Tangier restaurant, 532 W. Market St., Akron. Noon Nov. 14. Tom Strauss, president and CEO of Summa Health System, will be the speaker at this month’s luncheon. His topic is Searching for Significance. Reserve a seat at email@example.com. Cost is $15, payable at the door, and includes lunch. Renew is a nonprofit organization that encourages networking among Akron-area professionals.
Unity Chapel of Light — 503 Northwest Ave., Tallmadge. 10 a.m. Sunday. Martha Creek, a speaker and facilitator, will speak at the morning service and facilitate a workshop from noon to 2 p.m. Open to the public. Free-will offering. Child care provided. Title of the workshop is Loving What Is: a Workshop Based on ‘The Work’ of Byron Katie. Participants will learn how to undo thoughts that cause depression, anger, fear, addiction and violence. 330-928-2108.
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