---- — Jewish music, stories celebrated Sunday
NEWCOMB — Rabbi Cantor Moshe Halfon and maggida Tzipporah Marks-Barnett will be performing “Jewish Music and Stories through the Ages” at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Newcomb Methodist Church.
Halfon was ordained in 1986 and earned a bachelor’s degree in Jewish studies at UCLA and a master’s degree in educational psychology at Temple University. Halfon studied dance, Hebrew and Yiddish literature; and has taught dance, meditation and Kabbalah throughout North America, Brazil and Israel. He is chaplain at the California Institution for Women.
At Sunday’s program, the rabbi will sing music in Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino and play guitar.
Marks-Barnett is an ordained maggida, or Jewish storyteller, who received ordination from maggid Yitzhak Buxbaum. Marks-Barnett has told stories in Jerusalem and around North America.
Herbert Chatzky, an award-winning pianist, organist, conductor, accompanist, teacher and french-horn soloist, will join Halfon for some songs.
The program is free, although donations will be accepted.
For more information, call Chatzky at 582-2206.
Mission Center donating proceeds to food shelf
CHAMPLAIN — St. Mary’s Mission Center will be donating all sales proceeds from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 18, to the Mooers Wesleyan Food Pantry.
Bringing a nonperishable food item for the food pantry is appreciated.
Methodist Church supper to benefit mission projects
CROWN POINT — The Crown Point United Methodist Church at 1682 Creek Road will hold a public roast pork supper Friday, Aug. 24.
Take-outs are at 4:30 p.m.; the sit-down meal is at 5. Menu offerings include roast pork, mashed potatoes, dressing, vegetable, gravy, applesauce, rolls, pies and a beverage.
Cost is $9 for adults, $5 for those under 12 years old, and free for ages 5 and under. Proceeds benefit the church’s various mission projects.
Redford Picnic set for Sunday
REDFORD — The 157th-annual Redford Picnic will be held starting at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, on the Parish Center grounds at Church of the Assumption, 78 Clinton St.
Ham and roast beef dinners will be served in the gym. Other events include games such as Skilo, Pie Wheel and Fancy Booth; and rides on one of the oldest merry-go-rounds in North America.
A rummage sale will start at noon, and live music is scheduled throughout the day. The drawing for the $5,000 cash prize is at 6:15 p.m.; participants do not need to be present to win.
The family day is open to all, with free admission to the grounds and plenty of free parking.
Seton schools hire director of development
PLATTSBURGH — Seton Catholic Central and Seton Academy recently hired Caitlin Schultz as director of development and advancement.
Schultz will focus on Seton’s long-term development, aiming to increase alumni participation, increase enrollment and attract major gifts from donors.
A native of Brockport, Schultz is a graduate of Nazareth College of Rochester. She received her master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
According to a press release, Seton Academy and Seton Catholic Central schools boast stable finances; neither school has cut teachers for the upcoming school year and finished the 2011-12 school year with a “modest surplus.”
Seton Academy also recently received a grant from the Koch Foundation and has expanded to add an additional third-grade class. Seton Catholic Central is building a healthy endowment and has added several AP and college courses.
Enrollment at both schools continues until Thursday, Aug. 30.
To call for a tour or other information, contact Seton Academy (pre-K to grade six) at 825-7386 or Seton Catholic Central (grades seven through 12) at 561-4031.