African Gala, 5 to 10 p.m., with food and dance and performance by the 30-voice choir, Les Voix des Anges, to benefit the Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Capital Campaign. The church is located on the corner of Mellen and Sherman streets, Portland. Suggested donation is $8 for adults and $4 for children.


Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist meditation, 10:30 a.m. to noon, weekly through Feb. 9 in Portland. The course includes instruction, reading and discussion. The fee is $50. Registration is required at


Labyrinth Walk, between 4 and 7:30 p.m., indoor Chartres-style labyrinth for meditative walks. Todd Glacy will provide accompaniment on gongs and singing bowls, starting at 6 p.m. Held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 580 Forest Ave., rear entrance, Portland. Allow about 30 minutes. Call 772-7421 for details.



Sinatra Lives! 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Italian dinner and piano bar/sing along with pianist/vocalist Karen Strange. Raymond Village Community Church, 27 Main St., Route 121, Raymond Village. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and are available by calling 939-7947. The snow date is Jan. 25.

Coming up

“Being Human: Conversations That Matter,” a multifaith/philosophy discussion series hosted by the Maine Jewish Museum, begins next week. Each session includes a small panel of speakers and group conversations. Soups and beverages will be available, starting at 6:30 p.m. The program is open to all. Donations are encouraged but not required. The sessions are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on alternate Thursdays. The schedule is Jan 16: Welcoming the Stranger; Jan. 30: Silence/Noise; Feb.13: Karma/Consequences; March 13: Righteous/Toxic Anger; March 27: Authority; April 10: Art and Play. For more information, call Ani Helmick at 400-7510 or Margo Mallar at 712 5864.

A summer program with volunteers from church youth groups around the country will offer painting, weatherization and repairs for homeowners in southern York County from July 27 to Aug. 2. The program is sponsored locally by the Parish of the Ascension of the Lord and Table of Plenty, the local soup kitchen for York, Kittery and Berwick, To apply for assistance, call Michelle Valcourt at 439-0442 or email [email protected] All homes must be owned and within a 30-minute drive of Noble High School, 388 Somersworth Road, North Berwick, where the volunteers will be based.


The Rev. James Nadeau, Pastor of St. John Vianney Parish in Fort Kent, received the 2014 Maine Educational Opportunity Association Achiever Award at the association’s annual conference on Jan. 7 in Bangor. Nadeau was born in Caribou and attended Caribou schools. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 1983. He also received S.T.B. and S.T.L. degrees from the Gregorian University in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood in July 1988 at Holy Rosary Church in Caribou.

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