Father Verne Walter will bless animals of all kinds Saturday in honor of the Feast of St. Francis.

Blessings will begin at 11 a.m. outside the St. James Episcopal Church chapel entrance that faces Washington Street in Sonora.

All animals are welcome but must be on a leash or in a crate.

Later in the day, at 2 p.m., the church will host a public celebration of life for longtime church friend Paul Bell.

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All animals — dog, cat, rabbit, bird or other — is welcome, and all should be on a leash or in a crate.

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

The Mother Lode Jewish Community on Saturday will celebrate Sukkot with a harvest-based potluck brunch gathering in Copperopolis.

The group will learn about the history and traditions of the holiday and, after brunch, Rabbi Andra Greenwald will conduct a brief service and lead the group in waving the lulav and etrog, an upbeat tradition associated with the holiday.

Anyone interested in the group or its future gatherings can check out the MLJC website, www.motherlodejewishcommunity.org, or call (209) 533-1650 for more information.

The MLJC’s mission is to provide opportunities and events that nurture a vibrant and enduring Jewish identity, culture and community in the Mother Lode, drawing members from Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne and Mariposa counties. New members are welcome. The activity calendar includes monthly gatherings, primarily in the Murphys and Sonora areas. A full list of upcoming events can be found on the events page of the MLJC website.

The Rev. David B. McKinney will give a Dharma talk Sunday at Sol Y Breath Yoga and Wellness Center in East Sonora.

The talk will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and the topic of discussion will be “Mind Training: Is Mastering Our Habits a Good Thing?” The Tibetan practice of mind training, which some people call refining the mind, is one of the many Buddhist practices that can help people deal with their habits, stated a press release.

McKinney is the senior priest at the Vichara Monastery, a small, independent Buddhist monastery in Greeley Hill. He has lived at the monastery since 1972, where he prepares meals, offers private Buddhist instruction and gives Dharma talks twice a month.

Donations will be accepted.

Sol Y Breath is at 14709 Mono Way in East Sonora.

For more information, call (209) 878-3398 or (209) 694-3955.

The Rev. Merry Ann Kain will lead a “Day of Radical Forgiveness” Oct. 14 at Unity Spiritual Center, 23191 Mark Twain Drive in Twain Harte.

The workshop is intended to start people “on the journey from anxiety to freedom by clearing out whatever no longer serves your highest truth,” stated a press release.

A donation of $20 is suggested, and those participating are asked to bring a dish to share for lunch and a notebook.

For more information, call Kain at (209) 404-1085.

Soulsbyville United Methodist Church will hold its annual Pasty Dinner on Oct. 14.

The hearty meat pastry pockets, filled with seasoned steak, potatoes and onions, will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church, 19982 Community Drive in Soulsbyville. The full menu will include pasties, salad, homemade desserts and drinks.

Cost is $10 per person.

Take-out orders will be offered but must be ordered by Oct. 13 by calling (209) 928-4333 or (209) 532-7828.

Melanie Wahlberg, a practitioner of Christian Science healing, will present a talk, “Never Alone: How Spiritual Ideas Work In Us,” Oct. 14 at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Sonora.

Wahlberg draws her knowledge from studying Jesus Christ’s healing in the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s book “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.” She will also share examples from her professional healing practice.

Wahlberg is a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship and travels frequently from her home in Southern California to speak on the topic of Christian Science healing.

The talk will begin at 2 p.m. at the church, 69 N. Washington St.

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church will host a public rosary at noon Oct. 14 at Courthouse Square in honor of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.

The rosary will be prayed for peace in the world and the nation, a radical change of hearts back to God, and for an end to all evil committed against the dignity of the human person, stated a press release.

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

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Oct. 20 will celebrate Mass in honor of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.

The Mass will be held at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a public procession with a statue of Our Lady of Fatima while praying rosary. Dinner in the hall will follow about 7 p.m.

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

The Sonora United Methodist Church will offer a free hot dog dinner, ‘trunk’-or-treating and a haunted hallway Oct. 21 in Sonora.

The free event will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m., during which time free hot dogs, nachos and drinks will be offered. Entrance to the hot dog dinner will be through the Haunted Hallway, which may be slightly scary for younger children.

Alongside the church, people in their decorated cars will offer treats to trick-or-treaters, and a

For more information, call Lorraine Vogt at (209) 536-1206 or the church office at (209) 532-4850

Sierra Bible Church will host a Fall Family Fun NIght Oct. 29 at the church, 15171 Tuolumne Road, near Standard Park.

The event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. and will include food and games. Costumes are encouraged.

For more information, call the church at (209) 532-1381.

Faith Lutheran Church in Murphys will host a Reformation 500th anniversary concert and hymn sing Oct. 29 at the church, 65 Mitchler St.

Local singers and musicians will be featured in the hour-long concert, refreshments will be served, and activities for children will be offered.

For more information, call (209) 728-2041.

St. Matthew Lutheran Church Women’s Missionary League will hold a Christmas Faire and bake Sale Nov. 3 at the church, 13880 Joshua Way in East Sonora.

The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include many handcrafted and gift items.

A luncheon of soup, salad, dessert and beverage will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m for $10 per person, and a prize drawing will be held from items including a handmade quilt, three hand-painted pictures by a local artist, an afghan blanket and a family basket. Tickets cost $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be held at 3:45 p.m. You do not have to be present to win. There will be many hand crafted useful items and gifts for sale also.

All proceeds will go to local, national and international charities.

The Women’s Fellowship of the Sonora United Methodist Church will present a homemade Soup Buffet and Gift Sale Nov. 4 at the church, 90 Yaney Ave., in Sonora.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include baked goods and gifts, a jewelry from African Team Ministries, the proceeds from which will be used to help provide drip irrigation systems in Africa.

A soup buffet will include a choice of homemade soups, rolls, dessert and a beverage for $10 per person.

Proceeds from the event in general will be used for mission projects.

For more information, call Lorraine Vogt at (209) 536-1206.

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.