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British Columbia

March 7 and 8 at 8:00 p.m.

Lenten Vespers with Abendmusik Choir. Abbotsford, March 7: Emmanuel Free Reformed Church, 3386 Mt. Lehman Rd. Vancouver, March 8: St. Philip's Anglican Church, 3737 27th Avenue West. Offerings designated to Menno Simons Centre.

Apr. 2,3

Good Friday blues service, at House of James, Abbotsford, at 7:30 p.m. each evening. All proceeds to support the Cyrus Centre.

Apr. 11

Columbia Bible College Bearcat Prowl, a glow-in-the-dark fun run in support of the college’s athletic department. Register by March 31. For more information, visit http://columbiabc.edu.

Apr. 24-26

Junior Youth Impact Retreat, at Camp Squeah, Hope.

May 2

MC B.C. Women’s Inspirational Day, at Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Abbotsford.

Oct. 16-18

MC B.C. ladies retreat at Camp Squeah, Hope.

Nov. 13-15

Senior Youth Impact Retreat, at Camp Squeah, Hope.

Alberta

Mar. 20-21

MC Alberta annual general meeting, hosted by Edmonton Vietnamese Mennonite Church.

Saskatchewan

Mar. 13-14

MC Saskatchewan annual delegate sessions, at Mount Royal Mennonite, Saskatoon. Theme: “Walking with God, with each other, with the stranger, and beyond our walls. For more information, call 306-249-4844 or visit www.mcsask.ca

Mar. 22

RJC Guys and Pies concert fundraiser, at 7 p.m.

Apr. 25

Saskatchewan Women in Mission annual meeting and Enrichment Day, at Zoar Mennonite Church, Waldhem, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

May 8

RJC spring choir concert, at 7 p.m.

May 30

RJC fundraising golf tournament, at Valley Regional Park.

May 31

70th-anniversary celebrations at Superb Mennonite Church, Kerrobert; from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.superbmennonite.com; to RSVP, e-mail superb70anniversary@gmail.com

June 26,27

RJC year-end musical performances.

Manitoba

Mar. 13

CMU dessert fundraiser, at Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite.

Mar. 15-Jun. 20

“A place in the kingdom: Paintings and heritage stories celebrating farm animals” exhibition by Lynda Toews, at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery, Winnipeg. Opening reception on March 15, at 2:30 p.m.

Mar. 28

Jazz at CMU, in the Great Hall, at 7:30 p.m.

March 29

“Bells and Whistles with Strings Attached” concert, at CMU’s Laudamus Auditorium.

Apr. 3

The 45-voice adult choir of Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, is performing Bach’s Kantate No. 4, “Christ lag in Todesbanden,” and other music on Good Friday, at 11 a.m., at the church.

Apr. 3

Winnipeg’s First Mennonite Church Choir, with orchestra, presents Schubert’s Deutsche Messe and Rutter’s Requiem, at the church, at 7 p.m.

Apr. 8

CMU celebration fundraising dinner, at the Victoria Inn, Winnipeg, at 7 p.m.

Apr. 11

MDS spring fundraising banquet at North Kildonan MB Church, Winnipeg, at 6 p.m. Speakers include Harold and Sandra Friesen and Janet Plenert. Topic: “MDS: Rebuilding homes and restoring hope.” For reservations, call toll-free 1-888-261-1274.

Apr. 12

Mennonite Community Orchestra presents its spring concert at CMU’s South Campus chapel, at 3 p.m. Program includes Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella Suite,” Mozart’s “Exultate Jubilate,” and Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 6.”

Apr. 18

Rescheduled MCC Manitoba 50th-anniversary benefit concert, at Knox United Church, Winnipeg, at 7 p.m. Keynote speaker: former prime minister Joe Clark. Music by Faith and Life Men’s and Women’s choirs, the University of Manitoba Women’s Chorus and the Buffalo Gals Drum Group. Ticketholders for the previously scheduled event can obtain tickets for the new event by calling 204-261-6381 or online at http://mccmanitoba.ca/50. Any remaining tickets were made available on Feb. 9.

Apr. 25

CMU’s spring concert, at the Loewen Athletic Centre, at 7:30 p.m.

Apr. 30-May 2

Westgate Mennonite Collegiate senior-high students perform their annual musical. For more information, call 204-775-7111.

May 2,3

Faith and Life Male Choir and Women’s Chorus spring concerts; (2) at Bethel Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, at 7 p.m.; (3) at Altona Bergthaler Mennonite, at 3 p.m.

May 5

Westgate Mennonite Collegiate bursary banquet. For more information, call 204-775-7111.

May 13

Westgate Mennonite Collegiate work day. For more information, call 204-775-7111.

May 27

Westgate Mennonite Collegiate Grade 7 to 9 spring concert at Bethel Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, at 7 p.m. For more information, call 204-775-7111.

May 28

Westgate Mennonite Collegiate Grade 10 to 12 spring concert at Bethel Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, at 7 p.m. For more information, call 204-775-7111.

Aug. 25

Westgate Mennonite Collegiate 11th-annual golf tournament at Bridges Golf Club, Winnipeg. For more information, call 204-775-7111.

Ontario

Mar. 6-7

The Engaged Workshop, a marriage preparation course focussing on communication, is being held at Living Water Fellowship in New Hamburg for engaged or newly married couples. For more information, e-mail denise_bender@yahoo.com.

Mar. 14

Conrad Grebel University college open house, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mar. 16 or 17

Grandparent and Grandchild Days at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp, New Hamburg. Theme: Helping Others Participate through Education (HOPE). Leaders: Leigh and Lois Steckley. Each day’s events are the same and include drama, crafts, and making school kits or knotting quilts for MCC. For more information, call 519-625-8602 or e-mail info@hiddenacres.ca.

Mar. 16-20

March Break camp at Silver Lake Mennonite Camp, Sauble Beach, with bus transportation available to and from the camp. For more information, call 519-422-3200 or visit www.slmc.ca/retreats.

Mar. 21

Elmira meat canning fundraiser breakfast, at Calvary United Church, St. Jacobs, at 8 a.m. Speaker: Keith Martin. Topic: “A history of meat canning in Ontario.” Call 519-745-8458 to reserve tickets.

Mar. 21

Menno Singers present Poulenc’s Stabat Mater, at Waterloo North Mennonite Church, Waterloo, at 7:30 p.m.

Mar. 28

Conrad Grebel University College’s Institute for Anabaptist Mennonite Studies and the Mennonite Historical Society celebrate the release of Sam Steiner’s new book, In Search of Promised Lands; in the Great Hall, at 2 p.m.

Mar. 28,29

Conrad Grebel Student Council presents Fiddler on the Roof, with an all-student cast and orchestra; at the Conrad Centre, Kitchener.

Apr. 3

Grand Philharmonic Choir presents Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, at Centre in the Square, Kitchener, at 7:30 p.m. For more information or tickets, call 519-578-1570.

April 10-11

“Reading the Bible with Jesus” retreat at Willowgrove, Stouffville, with Bryan Moyer Suderman: sponsored by MC Eastern Canada, the Markham-Stouffville Mennonite Ministerial and Willowgrove. Pt. 4: “Luke: All that the prophets have declared.” For more information, e-mail miriam@willowgrove.ca.

Apr. 10-12

Mentor and mentee retreat at Silver Lake Mennonite Camp, Sauble Beach. For more information, call 519-422-3200 or visit www.slmc.ca/retreats.

Apr. 10-11

The Engaged Workshop, a marriage preparation course focussing on communication, is being held at Maple View Mennonite Church in Wellesley for engaged or newly married couples. For more information, e-mail denise_bender@yahoo.com.

Apr. 18

Toronto Mennonite Festival/MCC Relief Sale at Black Creek volunteer appreciation breakfast and annual general meeting, at Rouge Valley Mennonite Church, Markham, at 9:30 a.m.

Apr. 20

New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale annual promotion dinner, at Bingemans in Kitchener, at 6:30 p.m. Guest Speaker: Issa Sadi Embombolo, founder of MCC’s Peace Clubs in Zambia. Tickets available from the MCC Ontario office by phone at 519-745-8458.

May 3

Pax Christi Chorale presents Sir Hubert Parry’s oratorio Judith with orchestra and soloists, at Koerner Hall, Toronto, at 3 p.m. Pre-concert chat with Parry scholar Jeremy Dibble of Durham University, England. For more information or tickets, visit www.paxchristichorale.org/judith.

May 9

Menno Singers present “Songs for spring,” at Waterloo North Mennonite Church, Waterloo, at 7:30 p.m.

May 7,20

18th annual Low German Networking Conference; (7) at Bradley Street Church of God, Aylmer; (20 at Meadow Brook Church, Leamington. For more information, e-mail Lily Hiebert Rempel at lilyhr@mennonitecc.on.ca.

United States

Aug. 20-23

14th annual Bridgefolk (Mennonite-Catholic) conference, “Ecumenical healing and the mystery of the communion saints,” at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind. Keynote speakers: Nozomu Yamada and Father Alfonso Fausone, both from the Nanzan University, Japan. For more information, visit www.bridgefolk.net.