RALLY FOR LIFE: “The Eau Claire County Chapter of Wisconsin Right to Life will hold its annual Rally for Life at 2 p.m. Sunday at Peace Church, 501 E. Fillmore Ave.
The featured speaker will be Vicki Thorn, the founder of Project Rachel, the Catholic Church’s ministry to those who have been involved in abortion, and the executive director of the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing in Milwaukee.
In her presentation, “Abortion: Soul Wound of the World,” she will examine the impact of abortion on our families and communities. Her talk will be followed by questions, answers and refreshments.”
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FINANCIAL LESSONS: Financial Peace University, a nine-week course that provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success, will be held in Eau Claire at:
• Calvary Baptist Church, 3036 Epiphany Lane. The classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6. Go to www.fpu.com/1055662 for more information or to register.
• West Ridge Church, 3906 Kane Road. The classes will begin at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. Go to www.fpu.com/1056825 for more information or to register.
Along with personalities Rachel Cruze and Chris Hogan, Dave Ramsey teaches lessons on budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing. Following the class nearly 94 percent of those families budget regularly.
An FPU membership includes access to online video lessons, a one-year subscription to the EveryDollar Plus budgeting tool, member workbook for all nine lessons and other additional resources. Go to DaveRamsey.com/FPU for more information.
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SYMPHONY PERFORMANCE: The Luther College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Daniel Baldwin, will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Grace Lutheran Church, 202 West Grand Ave. The concert is part of the Symphony Orchestra’s 2018 Midwest Tour.
The concert is open to the public, and a freewill donation will be taken at the door. There is no charge for students.
The program begins with Giuseppe Verdi’s Overture to I Vespri Siciliani,then features William Grant Still’s “Ennanga” for harp, piano and strings. Luther harp instructor Rachel Brandwein will perform “Ennanga” with members of the Symphony Orchestra string section. After an intermission, the concert will conclude with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64.
Symphony Orchestra, Luther’s largest and oldest orchestral ensemble, is one of Luther’s four main touring ensembles. Its annual tour schedule takes the orchestra across the U.S. and includes a three-week residency in Vienna every four years, next scheduled for January 2019. More than 70 student musicians, representing a variety of academic majors, perform with the orchestra. Many are also involved in chamber music, choir, band or a jazz ensemble.
Baldwin is the head of the music department, and since 1997, he has served as director of orchestra activities at Luther College.
From staff reports