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Religion/Spirituality

Candlelight 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.
 

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Family 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.
 

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Christmas Pageant
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.
 

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Christmas Eve Family Service
This inter-denominational service at Stanford's Memorial Church will include a children's sermon, a carol-sing and music by University Organist Robert Huw Morgan. Donations of new or unwrapped toys and clothing will be collected for needy children. Doors open at 3 p.m. Dec. 24, 4-5 p.m. Free. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Building 500, Stanford.
 

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Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
This Bethany Lutheran Church service will present the Christmas story, thoughts about its significance, and candlelight and carols at its conclusion. Dec. 24, 10 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
 

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Classical Christmas Eve Service
This Bethany Lutheran Church service 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.
 

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Carol-Sing Sunday
This Ladera Community Church event 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.
 

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University 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.
 

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Feast 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.
 

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Insight 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.
 

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Author Guy Finley on 'The Secret of Your Immortal Self'
Guy Finley, author of "Letting Go," will share some insights from his new book, "The Secret of Your Immortal Self: Key Lessons for Realizing the Divinity Within." Jan. 12, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. East West Bookshop, 324 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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Heyns Lecture with Cardinal Reinhard Marx
This year's Roger W. Heyns Lecture will feature Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising and an emerging influential figure of influence in the Roman Catholic Church. Jan. 15, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Cemex Auditorium, 655 Knight Way, Stanford.
 

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Om Under the Dome
This session will lead participants in rejuvenating the body, mind and spirit through yoga on the labyrinth in Memorial Church. Attendees should bring a yoga mat. Jan. 22, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
 

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Compline: An Evening Service of Song
Stanford and local choral ensembles will sing a weekly 30-minute service of hymns, anthems and chants in the candlelit Memorial Church. No service will be held on Feb. 15. Sundays, Jan. 25-March 8, 9-9:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.