Bettendorf — Anyone wishing to volunteer four hours or more a week at the Women’s Choice Center is invited to a training session Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center. The pro-life center is located at 2711 Happy Joe Drive. Contact Vicki Tyler at (563) 332-0475.
Iowa City — The Daveport Diocese’s August Gathering, “Building with the Bible Blueprint,” is slated for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 6 at St. Patrick Church. Registration deadline is July 30. Cost is $15, which includes lunch, refreshments and workshop materials. To sign up, send your name, daytime phone number, e-mail, parish or school and town, with a check payable to the Diocese of Davenport, to Diocese of Davenport, attn. Barbara Butterworth, 780 W. Central Park Ave., Davenport, IA 52804. For more information, contact Butterworth at firstname.lastname@example.org or (563) 324-1912, ext. 265.
Davenport — Our Lady of Victory Parish, sponsored by the Diocese of Davenport, invites people to “save the date” for the 2011 Marriage Encounter Weekend. It will be held Friday, Feb. 18, through Sunday, Feb. 20, at the church. It’s a gift married couples can give themselves to revitalize, strengthen and enrich their marriage. The cost is $95 for couples (financial assistance is available) and is open to couples of all faiths. Contact Tracy or Joe Ripslinger at (563) 388-0355 or email@example.com for information regarding the weekend or to have an application mailed to you.
Bonaparte — Southeast Iowa Catholic Singles will gather July 31 for Downtown After Sundown, an old-fashioned night in Bonaparte, from 7-10 p.m. For more information, call Carol at (319) 463-5585.
Davenport — The St. Alphonsus Parish festival will take place Saturday, Aug. 28, from 5-9 p.m. at Birchwood and Boies Ave. A pork loin dinner will be served for $6 from 5-7:30 p.m. There will also be a concession stand, children’s and adults’ games, inflatables, a huge raffle, country store and entertainment. Everyone is invited.
Goose Lake — Assumption & St. Patrick Parish in Charlotte is hosting a beef and pork dinner with all the trimmings, including a beverage and dessert, on Sunday, Aug. 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held at the Millennium Ballroom in Goose Lake. Carryouts are available. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for children 3 and younger. There will also be a gift basket silent auction, children’s games, bingo, a country store and local entertainment.
Knoxville — St. Anthony Parish’s annual spaghetti dinner will take place Aug. 12 from 4-6:30 p.m. at the church. Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children younger than 10.
Newton — Sacred Heart Parish will have a family fun night July 29 at 6 p.m. in the McCann Center. Hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks will be provided. There will be card games for adults and outdoor games for kids. Bring a potluck dish from a recipe in the parish cookbook.