Simpson-Temple United Parish, 2212 Sixth Ave., will host a free outdoor concert with singer/pianist Kent Martin from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Bring your lawn chair. If the weather is inclement, the concert will be indoors.
Llyswen United Methodist Church, 308 Coleridge Ave., will hold its 10th annual Back-to-School Block Party for neighbors and friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday. It will be held on Coleridge Avenue between Whittier Avenue and Halleck Place. Food, games, and entertainment will be provided.
Twenty-eighth Street Church of the Brethren, 2800 Union Ave., will hold its free soup event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Summer lunch foods, dessert and a beverage will be served. The church is across from Tuckahoe Park.
Providence Presbyterian Church, 2401 Broad Ave., will hold a free community luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The menu will include meatball sandwiches, soups, fruit and desserts.
The Guest Musician program at St. James Lutheran Church, 1407 Eighth Ave., will welcome Ariel Walton at 10:45 a.m. Sunday.
The daughter of Barb and Mark Walton, Ariel is a freshman at Altoona Area Junior High School where she participates in the school orchestra and string ensemble. She is also a member of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra.
She studies piano with Barbara Crain and string bass with Kelly Detwiler. Ariel also enjoys listening to music, reading and cooking.
The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Loretto will conduct the eighth novena of 2014 to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Therese (the Little Flower ) from Aug. 22 to 30 at the Carmelite Monastery Chapel.
All intentions requested of the Carmelites will be remembered in the prayers of the nuns in the novena recited after the daily Mass.
Those who desire to share in the graces and blessings of these nine days of prayer and in the private prayers of the Carmelite nuns during the novena may send petitions to Mother Prioress, Discalced Carmelite Monastery, PO Box 57, Loretto, PA 15940.
Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament will be given at 4 p.m Sundays and every first Friday of the month in the public chapel at Carmel, followed by the veneration of the relic of St. Therese.