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Missoula

Rummage sale planned at Prince of Peace

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, located on South Reserve Street and Sunset Lane, is having its annual rummage sale Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Items will include furniture, a riding lawn mower, clothing, a white elephant table and a few large flea market tables.

Methodist church plans family BBQ, picnic

First United Methodist Church will hold a young families barbecue at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Pattee Canyon picnic ground group 03C. The church will provided plates, napkins, silverware and a bonfire for roasting hot dogs. Guests are asked to bring a side dish to share.

The churchwide potluck picnic will be held Sunday, Aug. 24, at 5:30 p.m. at Bonner Park. Guests are asked to bring their own plates, utensils and lawn chairs. Drinks will be provided. For more information, call Laurie Ball at 926-1252.

Unitarian church speaker will be Karen Ladnyn

The Unitarian/Universalist Fellowship will meet at 10 a.m Sunday at 102 McLeod. The service will be led by Karen Ladnyn.

Trinity’s Luau on the Lawn taking reservations

Blessed Trinity Catholic Community announces its a Summer Aloha: Luau on the Lawn, with fruit drinks, frivolous play, specially-prepared food, contests, prizes – all that can be offered without the beach. This all-day family event is Saturday, August 23, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Daytime festival events include food and drink, lei-making for adults and children, games and prizes. There is no admission charge; tickets will be sold onsite for food and some of the activities. Raffle tickets for an island-patterned quilt, designed by Louise Yamasaki, will also be available.

In the evening, the traditional luau dinner begins at 6 p.m. with the presentation of a whole roasted pig and other traditional foods, music and dancing. Featured evening entertainment will be provided by dancers from the Downtown Dance Collective, fire dancers from Moksha Studios and MASC Artisans and selections from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “South Pacific,” by musicians (“The South Sea Singers”) of Blessed Trinity Parish and Spirit of Christ Mission. Jim Driscoll and James Wallace will provide dinner music on the piano and the ukulele/guitar.

Reservations are preferred for the luau dinner, $35.00/person, $15.00/child under 12, $40.00 at the door. Tickets are available during that day at the parish office or from any Blessed Trinity parishioner.

Details will be posted on www.blessedtrinitymissoula.org or contact the parish office during the day, 721-2405.


South Dakota

Gay prep coach will keep job at Catholic school

DELL RAPIDS, S.D. (AP) – A volleyball coach at a private Catholic school in South Dakota who has publicly announced he’s gay says he’s being allowed to keep his job.

Nate Alfson announced he was gay last week on the website www.outsports.com and later said he was concerned about his future with St. Mary High School.

Alfson met with school officials Tuesday and later said in an email to www.outsports.com and on his Facebook page that he will not lose his job.

“The meeting with the school went great,” he said in his email. “We talked about being on the same page as each other and that they were willing to walk through this with me and support me.”

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls issued a statement Tuesday night saying “all persons, whatever their attraction, are to be treated with respect, compassion and justice,” the Argus Leader newspaper reported.

IOWA

Inmates entitled to chapel, meals during Ramadan

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A federal judge has ruled that two Iowa prison inmates must be provided nightly meals and chapel time during Ramadan and allowed the same religious accommodations as other Muslims. The inmates, Michael Williams-El and James Blair-Bey, sued prison officials in 2012 when they were at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison.

Magistrate Judge Thomas Shields said in a Tuesday ruling that federal law requires the men to be able to participate in their religion. He said prison officials may prevent them from taking scented oil into cells for security reasons and are not required to replace beans with soy or other meat substitutes.

The men identify themselves as members of the Moorish Science Temple of America. In 2012, they were denied participation in Ramadan activities by the prison Imam who says their beliefs are contrary to traditional Islam.

India

Age limit set for Krishna birthday pyramids

NEW DELHI (AP) – India’s top court said Thursday that children as young as 12 can climb atop towering human pyramids in a popular Hindu celebration that has seen deaths and injuries in past years.

Devotees celebrate the birthday of the child-god Krishna each August by forming a pyramid with the last climber, usually a child, clambering to the top to break the “dahi handi,” an earthen pot filled with curd. It honors Krishna’s effort to steal butter.

Hundreds of thousands of cheering people join the ceremony every year, but several children are killed, injured or disabled in falls from pyramids that can reach 40 feet high.

A court in Mumbai last week set the country’s first age limit for participants at 18. The Mumbai court also said the pyramids must not exceed 20 feet. But the Supreme Court put that ruling on hold Thursday and said 12-year-olds can participate. The court has yet to give its final verdict.

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