Meditation: A Daoist meditation group will meet at 9 a.m. Sunday at the First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op north store, 2855 NW Grant Ave. in Corvallis.

The event will feature Daoist Quiet Sitting meditation, also known as "Guarding the One." Basic instruction provided; no experience necessary.

Guest preacher: At its 9:30 a.m. Sunday service, First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis, will welcome a guest preacher, the Rev. Karen Bloom.

The congregation will consider the word "roots."

Bahá'í devotional gathering: “Guarding Against the Unseemly” is set for 10 a.m. Sunday at 5006 SW Hollyhock Circle in Corvallis.

Society must have legal and enforcement systems to discipline criminals. At the same time, it must establish systems of education and training that will unite the material and spiritual development of each person. Ignorance is the cause of crimes; therefore, crime will diminish with the increase of knowledge and science. And so communities must think of preventing crimes, not only of punishing them.

All are welcome to join in readings and conversation.

Soulful Silence: First United Methodist Church in Corvallis will hold Soulful Silence from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

The service is a time where people can intentionally join together for peace, quiet, meditation or prayer, a centering of the soul without distractions. Soulful Silence takes place each Sunday.

Writers conference: The Oregon Christian Writers Summer Coaching Conference is set for Monday through Friday at the Red Lion (Jantzen Beach) in Portland.

Keynoters Frank Peretti and Tessa Afshar will join a faculty of editors, agents and award-winning authors to help writers of all levels and genres reach their writing goals. The conference will include 10 in-depth (seven hours total) morning coaching classes and 24 hour-long afternoon workshops on the craft of fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, children’s writing, critique and marketing.

The event will offer manuscript reviews, one-on-one meetings with editors and agents, mentoring with published authors, plus professional panels. A preconference seminar, “Create Compelling Novels and Scripts,” will be taught by Hollywood story editor Michael Hauge. The conference also will feature the Cascade Writing Awards ceremony and daily worship led by Aaron Doerr.

Registration is available at

Eclipse events: Jefferson Baptist Church, 15002 Jefferson Highway 99E SE, invites the public to a series of presentations in connection with the total solar eclipse.

Presentations will start at 7 p.m. Aug. 19 with "The Influence of the Sun and Moon on the Earth." Presentations on Aug. 20 will include "Genesis and the Sun and the Moon" at 9 a.m., which will repeat at 11:30 a.m.; "Mount St. Helens, the Grand Canyon and the Genesis Flood" at 10:15 a.m.; and "The Greater Light to Rule the Day" at 6 p.m.

The presentations will feature a physicist and a minister from the Institute for Creation Research.

On Aug. 21, an eclipse viewing party with speakers is set for 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Information and registration are available at

Vacation Bible School: Trinity Baptist Church, 72 E. Elmore St. in Lebanon, will hold its Vacation Bible School, "Galactic Starveyors: Searching the Visible, Discovering the Invisible," Aug. 20 through 23.

VBS is open those who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon Monday, and 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Wednesday. The event will include Bible teaching on the universe and how it was created, music, crafts, recreation and snacks.

On the morning of May 21, chairs and eclipse glasses will be provided for up to 100 people. Parents are asked to attend with their children to witness the eclipse. School lunch will be served to those who attend the whole morning.

Information: 541-258-7667 or


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