A Medicare seminar and lunch will take place from 10 a.m. to noon today at Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 3125 Church Road. Learn about benefits and choosing the right plan. Call (706) 831-4811.
Bel-Ridge Baptist Church is holding a free block party from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Belvedere softball fields, behind Belvedere Elementary School. There will be live music with Jubba, food, games, drama, crafts, face painting, a petting zoo, door prizes and a children's play area. Call (803) 279-3366 or visit www.belridge.org.
A Music Ministry Celebration will be offered at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Thankful Missionary Baptist Church in Blythe.
Fiddles and violins
The Suzuki Strings, featuring 25 violin and fiddle players from age 3 to adult, will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday at Bible Fellowship Church, at Belair Conference Center, 4083 Belair Road. The Byrd Family gospel singers will perform. Call (706) 651-1971.
Trunk or treat
There will be a Trunk or Treat event with games, hot dogs and a Christian band from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at St. Mark United Methodist, Washington Road.
A fall festival with free food and games will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Langley First Baptist Church.
A Come into the Light youth night, with worship, food and door prizes, will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Servants of God Baptist Church, 2127 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Call (706) 724-0008.
Without a prayer
AKRON, Ohio - Under legal threat from a church-state separation group, Akron City Council has dropped its longstanding practice of opening meetings with the Lord's Prayer.
After the advocacy group Americans United for Separation of Church and State threatened litigation, council members decided to shed tradition, choosing instead to pray privately before meetings.
"I'm delighted that the Akron City Council did the right thing and that no one attending those meetings now feels like a second-class citizen because they don't believe in the Lord's Prayer," said the Rev. Barry Lynn, the executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. "The people who wanted to pray are going to do so before they go into council chambers, and that's fine."
The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio also applauded the move.
Reach Features Editor Tharon Giddens at (706) 823-3347 or firstname.lastname@example.org.