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Posted: Saturday, July 7, 2007 3:02 pm | Updated: 5:56 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

“Discovering Judaism,” a six-month course designed to educate anyone interested in learning more about Jewish faith, will be offered Thursdays beginning Aug. 23 at two East Valley temples on alternate weeks.

Course on Jewish faith to begin

“Discovering Judaism,” a six-month course designed to educate anyone interested in learning more about Jewish faith, will be offered Thursdays beginning Aug. 23 at two East Valley temples on alternate weeks. Classes will be 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley, 3400 N. Dobson Road, Chandler, or Temple Emanuel of Tempe, 5801 S. Rural Road. The cost is $36 for affiliated individuals or couples and $136 for non-affiliated people or couples. There also will be a cost of $80 to $100 for books. For more information, call (480) 897-3636.

Women’s conference set in Tempe

Arizona Community Church in Tempe will host “Your AWE-ha Moment!,” a women’s conference, on Sept. 22. It is geared to women who are involved in business, own businesses of 10 or fewer employees, or want to start a business. It is described as a “day of learning, networking and inspiration.” It begins with registration at 8:15 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. Included are a continental breakfast, two keynote talks, and a choice of three break-out sessions that look at success, maintaining balance, improving business profitability and other topics, all from a Christian perspective. The conference typically draws about 100 women.

The morning and afternoon keynote speaker will be Glynnis Whitwer, a business owner, editor of P31 Woman magazine and the author of two books, “Work@Home” and “Leading Women to the Heart of God.” Her topic will be “Business Success Tips From Proverbs 31 Woman.” Registration is $25. Exhibit space is $40, which includes admission for one. Those attending are asked to bring shampoos or deodorants for Save the Family, which helps homeless families become self-sufficient and financially stable. For more information or to register, call Janet Drez at Arizona Community Church, (480) 491-2210, or e-mail jdrez@azccc.org.

Mesa church to hold music camp

Love of Christ Lutheran Church, 1525 N. Power Road, Mesa, is sponsoring its fifth annual music camp July 23-27, climaxing on July 29 with a Sunday of Sundaes service and fellowship. Children will share their music during the 9 a.m. worship service, and free ice cream sundaes will be served afterward. They will create a musical for that Sunday service. Co-directors are Armando Tijerina and Anita Christensen.

Registration is $17, and sign-ups for the camp must be completed by July 20.

“It’s a high-energy week,” Christensen said. “Each year, people are amazed that we can take these kids coming through the door for the first time and put together an entire production of music and accompanying movements.” Children from both the church and the community take part in acting and singing, participate in games and have midmorning snacks. Those who enroll need not have music training. To enroll, call the church, (480) 981-6199.

Greek festival set in Scottsdale

Assumption Greek Orthodox Church and its congregation will hold its annual Festival of Greece on Nov. 2-4 on the grounds of Scottsdale Civic Center. The festival will feature food, entertainment and activities for all ages. Proceeds will benefit the church along with charities, including the Arthritis Foundation. A Greek village will be re-created. Planned are live music, Greek folk dancers, the professional Olympian Dance Troupe of Chicago, Greek cooking classes and Greek films. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Nov. 2 and 3 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 4. For more information, see azgreekfest.com.

Colorado group to give concert

Devotion, a two-member singing group from Colorado that emphasizes peace and compassion, will give a concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Unity of Divine Love, 325 N. Austin Drive, Suite 4, Chandler. Cost is $15 or two tickets for $25. Those 12 and younger will be admitted free. A family potluck will precede the concert at 6 p.m., and all attending are asked to bring food dishes. For tickets, call (480) 792-1800.

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