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SPECIAL SERVICES/EVENTS

ST. PETER'S CATHOLIC CHURCH: Solemnity of All Saints, 5:30 p.m. today, 8:30 and 10 a.m. Sunday, All Souls Day, 7 p.m. Monday, 1529 Assembly St. (803) 779-0036; (803) 796-9802; e-mail: emilyw5@yahoo.com; www.visitstpeters.org

SAXE GOTHA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Hope and Remembrance service for those grieving a loss, 3-5 p.m. Sunday, 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. (803) 359-7770; www.saxegotha.org

SHANDON PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Contemplative Taize worship services, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 29, 607 Woodrow St. (803) 771-4408; www.shandonpres.org

CONCERTS, GATHERINGS

EASTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Organist Charles Webb of Indiana University School of Music in concert, 7 p.m. Friday, 3200 Trenholm Road. (803) 256-1654; www.eastminster-pcusa.org

SHANDON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: All Saints Choral Evening Prayer and Service of Healing with the Chancel Choir, 5 p.m. Sunday, 3407 Devine St. (803) 256-8383; www.shandon-umc.org

TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDRAL: Wednesdays at Trinity, 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, 1100 Sumter St. Featuring: The Dick Goodwin Quintet. Lunch available at noon and 1 p.m. for $6. (803) 771-7300; www.trinitysc.org

UNION UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Dinner and silent auction, 6-8 p.m. Friday, 7582 Woodrow St., Irmo. Fundraiser for Union United Methodist Church preschool/kindergarten. (803) 781-3013; Includes crafts, baskets, dinner and more. Tickets: Adults, $10; children 4 and older, $6; children 3 and younger, free. (803) 407-0986; www.unionunitedmethodist.org

FALL FESTIVALS, HALLOWEEN EVENTS

CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH: Fall Festival, 2-6 p.m. today, Central Baptist Church's Family Life Center, 3625 Clement Road. Young people invited. Games, treats and more. (803) 252-3742

CHAPIN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Annual Bazaar, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. today, 415 Lexington Ave. Features the "shops" of Chapin United Methodist Church, silent auction and more. Free parking and admission. (803) 345-2801

CHRISTUS VICTOR LUTHERAN CHURCH: Sixth Annual Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today, 400 Harbison Blvd. A portion of the proceeds will benefits Annabelle Baskets. (803) 732-2668

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH: Old-fashioned Fall Festival, 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Washington Street parking lot, corner of Sumter and Washington streets. Contests, talent show, games, candy, rides, food and more. Bring a canned food item for Harvest Hope Food Bank. (803) 217-3250; www.firstbaptistcolumbia.com

GREENLAWN BAPTIST CHURCH: Fall Festival, 6-7:30 tonight, 6612 Garners Ferry Road. Games, snacks, prizes and Trunk or Treat. Wear costumes. (803) 776-4074

LEXINGTON BAPTIST CHURCH: Annual Hallelujah Hoedown, 6-9 tonight, Lexington Baptist Church, 308 E. Main St., Lexington. Admission: $1 donation. Rides, Trunk or Treat, dunking booth, food and more. (803) 996-8802; www.lexingtonbaptist.org

LIFE SPRINGS WORSHIP CENTER: Jingling Brothers Carnival & Candy Circus, 5-9 p.m. today, 5630 Platt Springs Road, Lexington. Free parking, games and rides. Food and beverages available for purchase. (803) 957-2221

LION OF JUDAH WORSHIP CENTER: Fall Festival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. today, 1801 Augusta Highway, West Columbia. Food, games, prizes, biblical costume contest, bake sale and more. (803) 794-1474

NEW LIGHT BEULAH BAPTIST CHURCH: Hallelujah Harvest 2009 - Trunk or Treat, 6-8 tonight, 1330 Congaree Road Highway 769, Hopkins. (803) 783-2050

NORTHSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH: Fall Festival, 3-6 p.m. today, 1303 Sunset Blvd. Games, candy, costume, door prizes. (803) 796-9786; www.northsidebaptist.org

PARK STREET BAPTIST CHURCH: Fall Festival, 5-8 p.m. today, 2204 Park St. Magic show, balloon tricks, food and more. (803) 252-6434; www.parkstreetbaptistchurch.org

PISGAH LUTHERAN CHURCH: Fall Festival, 6-8 tonight, Pisgah Lutheran Church, 1350 Pisgah Church Road, Lexington. Food, games, Trunk or Treat, costume contests and more. (803) 359-2223

RIGHT DIRECTION CHRISTIAN CENTER: Hallelujah Night, 6-8 tonight, Right Direction Christian Center, 3506 Broad River Road. Activities for children pre-K through 8th grade. (803) 798-1230; www.rightdirection.info

ST. TIMOTHY'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH: Alternative Gift Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today, 900 Calhoun St. Holiday gift certificates from a variety of nonprofit organizations. Baked goods for sale. (803) 765-1519; www.sainttimothyscolumbia.com

SPRING VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Fall Festival, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today, 125 Sparkleberry Lane. information on community resources, seasonal-flu shots, 5K run/walk, recycling opportunities, children's carnival, tailgating, arts and crafts and more. (803) 788-3589; www.svpc.org

STATE STREET BAPTIST CHURCH: Fall Festival, 4-6 p.m. today, 1420 State St., Cayce. Mini hayride, bounce castle, slide, corn dogs and more. Free. (803) 796-6123

ZION PILGRIM BAPTIST CHURCH: Fall Festival, 5:30-8:30 p.m. today, Zion Pilgrim Baptist Church, 1609 Zion Ave. Food, fun and games. (803) 605-9944

PROGRAMS, SEMINARS

COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Forest Acres Women to Women Bible Study on the Book of Hebrews, 10 a.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 18 in Petersen Hall, 3100 Covenant Road. Coffee and fellowship at 9:30 a.m. Nursery provided. (803) 782-2442

EBENEZER LUTHERAN CHURCH: Columbia Church Women United Community Day program "Environmental Stewardship: Piecing the Earth Together, exhibits and refreshments, 10:30 a.m., program, 11 a.m. Friday, 1301 Richland St. Free. (803) 738-0865; (803) 765-9430

GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Bible study on Jesus and the nature of forgiveness, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 410 Harbison Blvd. (803) 732-1899

SHANDON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Lectures by archaeologist/biblical scholar James Fleming, "Guidance in Silence and Waiting," 1-2:15 p.m. Tuesday; "The Teaching Methods of Jesus," 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday; and "Guidance in Uncertainty of Choice," 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 3407 Devine St. Free. (803) 256-8383; www.shandon-umc.org

UNION UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Lectures by archaeologist/biblical scholar James Fleming, "Why Some Prayers Can Be Answered As We Wish" 6-7:15 p.m. Monday and "Why Some Prayers Cannot Be Answered As We Wish," noon-1:15 p.m. Wednesday, 7582 Woodrow St., Irmo. (803) 781-3013

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