Today

Congregation Bet Ha’am Purim celebration, 9 a.m. with Megillah reading and worship followed by a Purim carnival from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 81 Westbrook St., South Portland. All are welcome. 879-0028.

 

Flea Market and Bake Sale, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Lovell United Church of Christ, Route 5, Center Lovell. Luncheon items, crafts, furniture and antiques. Contact: 925-3661.

 

Annual Book, Bake & Soup Sale benefiting St. Elizabeth’s Essentials Pantry, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, 43 Foreside Road, Route 88, Falmouth. Contact: 781-3366.

 

“Buddhist Movie Night,” sponsored by the Maine Buddhist Gathering, 7 p.m. at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Guild Hall, 301 Congress St.,Portland. Free admission.

 

Third Annual Etz Chaim Purim Party, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Etz Chaim Synagogue, 267 Congress St. Portland. Admission is free but donations are accepted.

 

Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Collections will be taken during weekend services at member churches of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. Those funds will be handled through Catholic Relief Services and will support Caritas Japan, the social service arm of the Catholic Church in that region. The agency works in more than 100 countries worldwide.

 

Sunday

Gnostic Mass, as set forth in Liber XV, noon at Abrahadabra Oasis, 991 Forest Street, Suite 203, Portland. For more details, go to www.abrahadabra-oto.org.

 

Second Annual Jewish Community Purim Parade, 11:30 a.m. to noon, beginning at Temple Beth El, 400 Deering Ave., Portland and ending at Shaarey Tphiloh Synagogue, 76 Noyes St. Portland Mayor Nicholas Mavodones to lead the procession. For more details, e-mail Rabi Akiva Herzfeld at [email protected] or call 400-6820.

 

Launch of a six-session Common Security Club to discuss varied topics in troubling times, 2 p.m., Sunday at Sanford Unitarian Universalist Church, 5 Lebanon St., Sanford. Meeting weekly through April 24 at same time and locale. Open to all. Contact: 324-3191 or go to www.sanforduuchurch.org.

 

“Getting the Gospels,” a talk and discussion by Author Steven Bridge, PhD, professor of theology at St. Joseph’s College, at 2 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 144 Lincoln St, Bath. Free and open to all.

 

Spring Sing-Along, 4 p.m. at the United Christian Church, Route 173, Lincolnville Center. Organist Connie Parker will accompany singers. All faiths are welcome. Contact is Mary Schulien, music director, 785-3521.

 

“The Earth is Calling Us!,” ChIME Interfaith Service, 10:30 a.m. at the Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland. All are welcome. Contact: Angie Arndt, 347-6740.

 

“Saints of India: Ancient Wisdom for Living in Peace With Loving Compassion,” a workshop on the root of yoga, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Sadhana, the Meditation Center, 100 Brickhill Ave., South Portland. All are welcome,. Donations are accepted. www.sadhaname.com.

 

Upcoming

Sign-ups for PraiseJam 2011 are being accepted through March 28 for the competition, set for April 9 at Eastpoint Christian Church in Portland. Worship teams and unsigned Christian bands from Maine or New Hampshire are invited to compete for a chance to play at Soulfest 2011. Entrance fee is $50. Entrants must submit a live recording for consideration. For more details, call Frank Marston, Greater Portland Christian School, at 767-5123, Ext. 212.

 

Palestinian Christian Mazin Qumsiyeh, a voice of non-violent resistance to the Israeli Occupation, will speak in Portland at 7 p.m. March 27 in Wishcamper Room 102, on Bedford Street at the University of Southern Maine Portland campus. For information, call 773-6562.