News Briefs: Friday, March 5, 2010

KINGMAN

The Mohave Community Orchestra will present its next concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium of Kingman High School, 4182 Bank St.

The program will feature standards from the 1935 George Gershwin American folk opera, "Porgy and Bess," as well as songs from the 1990 Ken Burns documentary miniseries, "The Civil War."

The concert is free to the public, though the orchestra is suggesting donations of $5 for adults, $10 for families and $3 for seniors and students.

For more information on the program, call Ingrid Swanson at (928) 753-3902.

KINGMAN

Mother Road hosts a free Garage Party for Women from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the dealership, 2501 Beverly Ave., Kingman.

Women will learn about the basic differences between Harley-Davidson models, motorcycle clothes, customizing a cycle to your style and ergonomic needs, and how to handle the weight of a bike.

The event is free for any woman, but space is limited. Call Dawnia at (928) 757-1166 to reserve a spot.

For more information, go to www.motherroadhd.com.

PHOENIX

Phoenix Health Plan has partnered with National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition to launch a new service for expecting mothers. Text4baby provides free educational information to expecting and new mothers via text messaging. The service started in February.

Women who text BABY to 511411 will receive free text messages each week with information timed to their due date. The messages last through the first year of the baby's life.

Topics range from health screenings, prenatal appointment reminders, safety and resources for postpartum depression. Content was developed in collaboration with federal partners, physicians, nurses and national medical organizations.

For more information, visit www.text4baby.org.

Lenton Lunches continue on Tuesdays

KINGMAN - During the seven weeks of Lent, Lenten Lunches will be held at St. Johns United Methodist Church, 1730 Kino Ave.

The meetings are held on Tuesdays during Lent. The group will gather in the sanctuary at 12:10 p.m. for a 15-minute devotion, sing a favorite hymn, and then share a light lunch in the Fellowship Hall before folks have to return to work by 1 p.m.

The meetings will continue through March 30.

Donations for lunch will gladly be accepted but are not required.

House of God's Word back in service

KINGMAN - The House of God's Word at 414 Park St., Kingman, re-started its regular service schedule at 10:30 a.m. Sundays.

The historic downtown church, pastored by Mildred Wewer, has recently undergone an extensive building renovation and will be having its 100th anniversary celebration this month.

Pope will visit Spain in November

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI will make a two-day visit to Spain in November, with a stop in Barcelona to consecrate the famed Sagrada Familia church, his spokesman said.

The Rev. Federico Lombardi told reporters Wednesday that the pope will first go to the western pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela on Nov. 6. On Nov. 7, the pope will visit the Mediterranean port city of Barcelona to consecrate La Sagrada Familia.

Groups call for end to dispute

AMSTERDAM (AP) - Dutch gay rights groups have called for an end to protests against a Roman Catholic parish southwest of Amsterdam after the church said it would no longer seek to bar gays from taking Holy Communion.

The demonstrations began last month after an openly gay man in a nearby village was chosen for a prominent role during Dutch carnival celebrations but was refused Communion by his local priest.