Iowa City — Leah Darrow, a former contestant on the reality show “America’s Next Top Model,” will speak on her faith journey at the University of Iowa Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Buchanan Auditorium (W-10) in the Pappajohn Business Building at the corner of Jefferson and Clinton streets. Her talk is entitled: “Thoughts from the Runway: An America’s Top Model Contestant Explores Issues of Fashion, Pop Culture, and Faith.” The talk is free and open to all. It is sponsored by the Newman Catholic Student Center and the Journeys in Faith Speaker’s Forum.
Bettendorf — The 20th annual Life Chain, a peaceful time of prayer for the unborn, will be held from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, on Middle Road at Happy Joe Drive. Meet at 1:30 p.m. at the Women’s Choice Center, 2711 Happy Joe Drive. Bring family, friends and youth groups.
Davenport — A SWAP (Soaking With A Purpose), quiet prayer and worship group will meet the second and fourth Friday evenings of the month at 7 p.m. at Eagles’ Wings Retreat Center, 5816 Telegraph Road. Call (563) 324-7263 for more information.
St. Paul – A public square rosary crusade will take place at St. James Church Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. Catholics will pray for the conversion of America. For more information, call Marilyn Walljasper at (319) 470-6830.
Davenport — St. Anthony Parish is beginning a fall session of Grief Share, a program for people experiencing the death of a loved one. At the meetings, participants will experience loving support and learn valuable information to help them. Each session is self-contained, so people may join at anytime. The new 12-week session began Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 6:30-8 p.m. at St. Anthony Parish Center. For more information, call Dennis Xuereb at (563) 332-1396, Ginny Carpenter at (563) 650-1783 or Sister Judy Herold at (563) 322-3303.
Elkhart — Online registration is open for the 17th annual Iowa Institute for Social Action, to be held Saturday, Oct. 9 at St. Mary-Holy Cross Parish Hall in Elkhart, Iowa. The cost is $25 ($10 for college students). Sign-up is available at www.iowasocialaction.org. Iowa Catholic Conference and Catholic Charities agencies in Iowa sponsor the institute. The Iowa Catholic Conference is the official public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Iowa.
Brooklyn — St. Patrick Parish will hold a bazaar Oct. 3. A family-style meal will be served from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Menu includes oven-baked steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw, green beans, applesauce, homemade wheat roll, pie and drink. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 12 and younger, and $1 for children 4 and younger. There will be a baked goods booth, country store and farmers’ market, and grab bag booth that will open at 2 p.m. A raffle will begin at 6 p.m. with prizes of cash and donated items.
Clinton — On Oct. 3, Zion Lutheran Church and the Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, will hold “A Peace Concert” at the church, 439 Third Ave. S., at 3 pm. The concert is free and open to the public. Six Clinton area church choirs will perform songs on the topic of peace. Then they will merge for a mass choir.
Davenport — St. Patrick Society of the Quad Cities will hold its Lucky Trivia Night Oct. 1 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1111 W. 35th St. Doors open at 6 p.m. and play begins at 7 p.m. Donation is $80 per team of eight. Buy a 2010 St. Patrick Society membership and receive $5 off the table price. Participants may bring their own snacks; beverages will be for sale. Proceeds benefit the St. Patrick’s Day Grand Parade. For reservations, call (563) 468-3326.
Iowa City — Knights of Columbus will offer dinners from 5-7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month through November at the KC Family Center, 4776 American Legion Road. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (319) 341-9097.
Iowa City — St. Wenceslaus Parish will hold a pork loin dinner Oct. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pork loin, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, sauerkraut, Czech green beans, applesauce, Kolache, assorted desserts, beverages and Texas Roadhouse rolls will be served in the parish hall. Cost is $10 for adults and $4 for children ages 4-10. Carry-outs are available at the rectory or garage from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ron Johnson will provide musical entertainment.
Toronto — St. James Parish is sponsoring a soup and sandwich supper Oct. 10 from 4-7 p.m. at the Toronto Fire Station. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 12 and younger and free for preschool-age children. Menu includes several kinds of soups and sandwiches, plus relishes, desserts, lemonade and coffee.
Toronto — St. James Parish is sponsoring a community breakfast at the Toronto Fire Station from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the third Sunday of each month through April. The next breakfast is Oct. 17. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger. Preschool-age children are admitted free. Menu includes pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, ham, hash browns, toast, coffee, milk and orange juice.
Wellman — St. Joseph Parish will hold its annual fall pork loin and turkey dinner on Sunday, Oct. 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The auction begins at 1:45 p.m. with many gift certificates, meals, homemade items and a Mississippi River Boat trip for 10 people. Homemade items and noodles will be for sale at the Country Store. Carry-out is available. Tickets are $9 for adults, $4 for children ages 4-10, and free for children 3 and younger.
West Burlington — Ss. Mary & Patrick Parish will hold its fall festival and pork and turkey dinner Oct. 3. Cost is $8 for adults and $3.50 for children; serving time is 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the parish center. There will be an auction for prime parking spaces, raffle for cash prizes of up to $300 and a country store with crafts and baked goods.
Wilton — St. Mary Parish will hold a family-style ham and turkey dinner Oct. 3 from 1-4 p.m. There will be a country store, crafts, grab bags, and homemade candies and goods. Cost is $8 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and younger. Carryouts are available.