Discover Life Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sonora will host its 17th annual Veterans Day Recognition Program Saturday at the church, 40 N. Forest Road in Sonora.

The event will honor those who served or are serving to protect America’s freedom. All veterans, whether active or retired, having served or are serving in any of the armed forces, including the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines, are invited to attend.

For more information, call (209) 532-3337.

Soulsbyville United Methodist Church on Thursday will hold its monthly senior night for people 60 and older.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the church’s social hall and will include dinner, games and island music performed by Kalolaine and Friends. Dinner will include cowboy beans, loaded baked potatoes, salad, corn bread and dessert. Cost for dinner is $7 per person.

Reservations must be made by Nov. 15 by calling (209) 694-8587 or (209) 532-7828.

The church is at 19982 Community Drive in Soulsbyville.

Sierra Bible Church’s Oasis group meets from 10 a.m. to noon the third Thursday of most months.

The group is open to women 18 and older and provides a place to gather and study scripture. Brunch is provided.

Childcare is also provided for $5 per child or $10 per family. Call (209) 694-0151 to reserve a spot.

A gathering on Thursday will feature Coni Knepper, who will speak about her work with Hope of the Nations in Tanzania.

Members of all churches are welcome.

Sierra Bible Church is at 15171 Tuolumne Road, across from Standard Park.

Unity Spiritual Center will host a community Thanksgiving potluck dinner at 1 p.m. Nov. 18 at the church, 23191 Mark Twain Drive in Twain Harte.

Guests are asked to bring a dish to share.

Musical entertainment will be provided, and an art and collectibles silent auction will be held.

For reservations, call (209) 454-8243, or email unitymotherlode@sbcglobal.net.

The Sonora United Methodist Church will hold its annual Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23.

The free dinner will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Turkey and a vegetarian main dish will be provided along with mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, gravy and rolls. All are welcome. Anyone who wishes to bring a dish to share is encouraged to bring a dessert.

This year’s dinner will be served in memory of Bill Dunlavy, a who served the community as a member of the Sonora Lions Club, Korean War Veterans, Sons in Retirement and the Columbia College Foundation, among others. He served in many ways at the Sonora United Methodist Church and baked and carved many turkeys for the annual Thanksgiving dinners that the church has provided over the years. Dunlavy died on Aug. 3. His son, Bill Jr., will carry on his father’s tradition and be in the kitchen this Thanksgiving.

The church is at 90 Yaney Ave., diagonally opposite the Tuolumne County Courthouse in Sonora.

Donations of canned food for the Mother Lode Food project green-bag program will be accepted, and volunteers are being sought for the dinner.

For more information, call (209)532-4850 or (209) 536-1206.

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sonora will host a Christmas Fair from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at its parish hall.

The sale will include gift baskets, jewelry, crafts, baked goods and Christmas, religious and white elephant items.

Breakfast will be sold from 7 to 10 a.m. for $5 per person. Burritos ($6) and tostadas ($5) will be sold from noon to 4 p.m. A drawing for cash prizes will be held at 6:30 p.m. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

The hall is at 98 W. Jackson St.

For more information, call (209) 532-7139.

The St. Matthew Lutheran Church Women’s Missionary League will collect blankets and socks for the Lambert Community Drop-In Center during November.

Anyone wishing to donate can drop off items between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. and noon Sundays at the church, 13880 Joshua Way in East Sonora.

St. Susanna Orthodox Church hosts Bible study at 6 p.m. every Wednesday.

The group’s current focus is on soteriology, the doctrine of salvation.

The church is at 10825 Robinwood Lane in Sonora.

For more information, call (209) 280-8376.

Meditation and Modern Buddhism in Sonora is offered from 3 to 4 p.m. each Sunday at the Yoga Loft, 72 S. Stewart St.

The meetings provide group study, meditations and discussion. Hosts will play recorded teachings by American Buddhist nun Kelsang Chogyop.

A $5 to $10 donation is requested.

For more information, call (209) 588-8109.

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