Tashi Gatsel Ling, 2 to 4 p.m., open house at the new Tibetan Buddhist Center, 20 Independence Drive, Freeport. Upcoming programs include a weekly discussion of the course “Discovering Buddhism at Home” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. starting Tuesday. Contact [email protected] for more information. 


Service of Healing, 10 a.m., with anointing with healing oil and blessing. Special music will be offered. Prides Corner Congregational Church, 235 Pride St., Westbrook.


Talk by Kristy Engel, 7 p.m., at Corliss Street Baptist Church, Weeks and Middle streets, Bath. The church is one of several that helped build the Good Samaritan Hospital in La Romana, Dominican Republic, where Engel had served with International Ministries and is now working with ministries around the world to promote health care and other projects.


Red Mass, 11 a.m., in recognition of the official opening of the judicial year and held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Cumberland Avenue, Portland. Judges, lawyers, government officials and people of all faiths are invited. A luncheon will follow at 12:15 p.m. at Portland Country Club, 11 Foreside Road, Falmouth, with featured speaker Rabbi David G. Dalin, a professor of history and politics at Ave Maria University in Florida. To attend the luncheon, contact Linda Franklin at 729-1144.

Variety Show, 7 p.m., at the downstairs vestry of Peoples United Methodist Church, 310 Broadway, South Portland. A $5 donation per person is suggested.

Friday and Saturday

Blessing of the Animals in celebration of Saint Francis of Assisi’s Feast Day; all pets are welcome.

8 a.m. Friday, outdoors at St. James Catholic School, 25 Graham St., Biddeford.

9 a.m. Oct. 5, outside at Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main St., Yarmouth.   

Oct. 5

Rummage Sale, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Clark Memorial United Methodist Church, Forest and Pleasant avenues, Portland.

“Great Commission: One Family in Mission,” 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., featuring missionaries, national and local speakers including Mario St. Francis, and a concert by the Grammy-nominated Christian rock group Sanctus Real at 6:30 p.m. Presented by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland and held at the Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive. For more information, contact Ruth Oakley at 321-7817. To register, visit

“Art as Spiritual Practice: Reclamation,” 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., ChIME Workshop featuring full body self-portraits with artist Paula Estey. Held at Westbrook-Warren Congregational Church, 810 Main St., Westbrook. The fee is $75, including supplies. For details and registration, contact ChIME at [email protected] or call 347-6740.

Coming up

“Living a Life that Matters,” 7 p.m. Oct. 8, talk by Tetsugen Bernie Glassman, a renowned Zen Buddhist teacher, author and founder of Zen Peacemakers at St. Luke’s Cathedral, 143 State St., Portland. He will sign copies of his new book, “The Dude and the Zen Master,” written with his friend, actor Jeff Bridges. An offering will be taken. Also, at 6 p.m. Oct. 7 a light supper will provide the opportunity to meet Glassman at Local Sprouts, 649 Congress St., Portland. Reservations can be made at The cost to attend the supper is $50. For details, call 772-5434 or email [email protected]  


Members of First Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Camden recently voted to become an Open and Affirming congregation, welcoming persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. The church is located at 55 Elm St. For more information call 236-4821.

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