Spoken Word Workshop
Friday, Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m.
Living Spirit United Methodist Church
4501 Bloomington Ave. S.
Come to a spoken word performance/writing workshop with Joe Davis. Free admission.
Beautiful Tree, Severed Roots
Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Sabes Jewish Community Center
4330 Cedar Lake Rd. S., St. Louis Park 55416
Or Emet will feature a screening of the award-winning documentary “Beautiful Tree, Severed Roots,” presented by Dr. Richard Logan, president of the Society for Humanistic Judaism and past president of Or Emet synagogue.
The film tells the story of Igor and Erica Mann, Jewish refugees from Nazi Europe, who built substantial lives of service and accomplishment in Kenya. Relating survival, adaptability, perseverance and dedication, the film shows how three generations wrestled with their multiple, competing identities: Jewish, British subjects, white Kenyans.
Dr. Logan is a retired professor and former faculty member at the University of Nairobi in Kenya; he knew the Mann family, stayed as a house guest with them and worked with Erica Mann on various projects.
A short Humanistic Jewish Sabbath service will precede the program, which is free and open to the public. A children’s service will be provided at the same time. An Oneg Shabbat reception will follow.
Or Emet’s services and programs take place in the Beit Knesset, Room M-28. For more information contact email@example.com or visit www.oremet.org.
Fat Tuesday Benefit
Sunday, Feb. 26, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church (lower level, elevator accessible)
5011 31st Ave. S.
The Hiawatha Y Service Club and Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church are celebrating Fat Tuesday on Sunday with a pancake brunch featuring fun toppings, sausage, quiche and juices along with games for the young and young at heart. Donations will benefit the YMCA and Bible camp scholarships. Suggested donation is $7/individual or $20/family.
Sunday, Feb. 26, 2 to 4 p.m.
St. Helena Catholic Church (Rowan Hall)
3204 E. 43rd St.
Those longing for green grass and colorful tulips peeking out of the garden will feel a hint of spring in the air at afternoon tea. Enjoy sweet and savory breads and scones, hand-cut sandwiches and delicate desserts. The singing group Esperanza will provide musical entertainment. Reservations for ladies (6 and older) must be made by Wednesday, Feb. 22: Call Lucy at 612-729-9445. The cost of $10 is paid at the tea.
Understanding Immigration: Neighbors Gather!
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Church of the Holy Name (Garvey Hall, lower level)
3637 11th Ave. S.
Holy Name is partnering with community neighbors to offer periodic sessions on topics of interest in our area! Any adult is welcome to attend—no cost. This month’s presenter is Megan Gallaso, a lawyer practicing immigration law and primary litigation attorney for Davis & Goldfarb, PLLC, a firm that practices only immigration law. Neighbor Ouida Crozier will facilitate discussion, and coffee will be served. Bring a friend and get to know your neighbors. For more info: www.churchoftheholyname.org; 612-724-5465.
Lent Procession Service
Sunday, March 5, 4 p.m.
Mount Olive Lutheran Church
3045 Chicago Ave. S.
Join Mount Olive Music and Fine Arts for a contemplative service of lessons and carols—for Lent! Typically associated with Advent and Christmas, this service is designed especially for those caught up in preparations for the coming Easter and spring seasons. It provides an opportunity to withdraw from the busy-ness of life to pray, sing, listen, smell—an opportunity to fully enter into the season of Lent, a time to renew our baptism and our lives. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Dr. Cherwien at the church, 612-827-5919, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or go to www.mountolivechurch.org.