A free handbell concert is set at 7 p.m. today, April 22, at Christ United Methodist Church in Southern Village, 800 Market St.
The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. when everyone is invited to the Ice Cream Bar to a Build-Your-Own-Sundae event.
The church is expanding the range of its bells from four to five octaves, including three octaves of tone chimes.
“Our hope is to draw together anyone interested in learning to ring, beginning this summer in a community handbell choir, ages 7 to 77,” said Daniel Steinert, director of Music Ministries.
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There will be a “Handbell Petting Zoo” open time after the concert for anyone to try ringing the bells or chimes.
A celebration of Buddha's birthday is set for Sunday at the Chapel Hill Zen Center, 5322 NC Hwy. 86 North.
The regular morning meditation will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a short talk in the zendo directed toward children. Afterward, children will go in procession to an outdoor altar where they will offer incense and bathe the Baby Buddha. A vegetarian potluck picnic will follow the ceremony. Beverages and birthday cake will be provided.
During the regular programming from 9 to 10:30 a.m., children will decorate the pagoda or “flower house” and the birthday cakes for Buddha.
Children, families and friends are welcome and those who can are requested to bring flowers for decorating.
The public is invited to the celebration of the birth of Won Buddhism and also the 10th anniversary of the Meditation Temple, 8021 Old NC 86 on Sunday, April 26.
The Great Enlightenment Celebration Service is at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a lunch and an open house in the afternoon.
Open house is set from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. All are invited to visit and explore the temple. An introduction to mediation is set in the Main Dhama Hall every 30 minutes beginning at 2 p.m. Three sessions of Qi-gong movement practices will be offered at 2,3, and 4 p.m. and Green Tea Meditation will be held every 30 minutes, beginning at 2 p.m.
Big band concert
The Ambassadors Big Band will present a concert of Swing-era jazz favorites and ballads on Sunday, April 26, on the Village Green in Southern Village. This is part of the community's summer Southern Summer Outdoor Concert Series.
The event is scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The concert is free but donations to the band are invited.
The Ambassadors, organized in 2003 at United Church of Chapel Hill by Bob Lawton, the church's director of instrumental music at the time, is a traditional big ban similar to those of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and others of their era.
The band features five saxes, four trumpets, four trombones, piano, bass and drums. Three vocalists complete the ensemble: Shelly McVicker, Raleigh Mann and Larry Triplett, the band's conductor who also plays trombone.
The concert program includes Glenn Miller hits “In the Mood,” “String of Pearls,” “Little Brown Jug” and “American Patrol” along with such jazz hits as “I've Got You Under My Skin,” “Blues in the Night” and “Take the A Train.”
Shelly McVicker will sing “All of Me,” “It's Been a Long, Long Time” and “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening.”
A concert highlight is the 1939 hit “And the Angels Sing,” featuring the trumpet gymnastics of Doug Vincent.
Listeners should bring a blanket or folding chair to sit on the large lawn. Free parking is available
The Rev. Garth Hewitt, a British troubadour and gospel singer, will give three North Carolina performances in May as part of a national tour.
Dedicated to peace-building in the Holy Land, the theme is “No Injustice Will Last Forever: One Day the Wall Will Fall!”
Hewitt will appear at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, at Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church, 1712 Willow Drive, featuring a singalong with children's chorus. He will also perform Sunday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Burlington, co-hosted with First Presbyterian Church of Burlington.
On Monday, May 4, he will appear at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Raleigh. This one at 7:30 p.m. will feature a song honoring the lives of the young Muslim humanitarians Deah Barakat, his wife, Yusor Mohammed Abu-Salha, and her sister, Razan, who were murdered in February.
A n honorary Canon of St. George's Cathedral in Jerusalem, the British relief and development agency Interpal has honored him for his work on behalf of peace and justice in Israel-Palestine.
Hewitt has released nearly 40 albums and written 10 books on spirituality, social justice and the arts. In 1985 he founded the Amos Trust, a human rights charity, and served as its director until 2011.
On his visits to areas of poverty, conflict and disaster, he brings to life personal stories behind the media headlines. He contributes regularly to a BBC Radio series.
A donation of $10 to $20 at the door for adults is suggested, with youth admitted free. His latest releases, including the CD “Something for the Soul,” will be available, along with his new book, “the Revolution of Love from Bethlehem to the Ends of the Earth.”
Contact Flo Johnston at email@example.com or call 910-361-4135.