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Bethany Lutheran Church will host mid-week Advent Services on Wednesdays in December, with lunch following each meeting. Wednesdays, Dec. 3-17, noon-12:30 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
Religion/SpiritualityFestival of Lights Community Hanukkah Party
Community members are invited to take part in a celebration of the third night of Hanukkah. There will be candle lighting, songs, dreidel games and traditional jelly donuts and latkes. Dec. 18, 6-7 p.m. Free. Oshman Family JCC, Seiler Family Gymnasium, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Religion/SpiritualityCandlelight and Carols service
This Christmas Eve service at Ladera Community Church will explore the meaning of Christmas through short readings and favorite carols. Dec. 24, 8-8:45 p.m. Free. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley.
Religion/SpiritualityFamily Christmas Eve Service
This Bethany Lutheran Church service will invite children to put on costumes and retell the Christmas story. The event will also include Christmas carols and a gift for each child. Dec. 24, 5 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
The Christmas Pageant at Ladera Community Church will offer a telling of the Christmas story with sheep, shepherds, angels, innkeepers and Mary and Joseph welcoming baby Jesus. Dec. 24, 5-6 p.m. Free. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley.
Religion/SpiritualityCandlelight Christmas Eve Service
This Christmas Eve service will include the Christmas story, thoughts about its significance, and candlelight and carols at the end of the service. Dec. 24, 10 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
Religion/SpiritualityClassical Christmas Eve Service
This service at Bethany Lutheran Church will include classical music and readings that focus on the joy and hope of the Christmas story. Dec. 24, 7 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
This event at Ladera Community Church will feature a handful of Christmas stories and singing of favorite carols. Dec. 28, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley.
Religion/SpiritualityUniversity public worship
Memorial Church has historically been an important center of spiritual and ceremonial life at Stanford University. Services are held weekly and are open to the public. Sundays, Oct. 26-Dec. 28, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Free. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Religion/SpiritualityFeast of Epiphany celebration
This Ladera Community Church event will celebrate the arrival of the three kings, which signifies the message of Christ. Children can leave a shoe to be filled by the kings, and "Kings Cake" will be served to everyone. Jan. 4, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley.
Religion/SpiritualityInsight Meditation South Bay
Shaila Catherine and guest teachers will lead weekly Insight Meditation sittings, followed by talks on Buddhist teachings. Nov. 11-Jan. 6, 7:30-9 p.m. Donations accepted. St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View.