LECTURE SERIES: HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals are hosting two speakers from the Henri Nouwen Society for two special events Tuesday, April 30, as part of this year’s Monsignor Klimek Healing Presence lecture series. The first event is a ministry breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at HSHS …

Have you ever looked at a label and read “Low calorie” or “Excellent source of protein”? Many companies use claims like these to persuade consumers to buy their products. But do these claims hold any truth? As it turns out — yes, they do.

Inspiration comes with many faces. When a mother kisses a baby’s nose and snuggles her close, we hunger for the beauty of face-to-face intimacy fueled by a pure love. In the hospice ward, an elderly man holds his wife’s hand and stares into her eyes communicating without words; our inner lon…

During Holy Week, we encounter the pain and suffering of Jesus on the cross. In our own life, we also encounter pain and suffering. As we celebrate Easter, we are able to look at these encounters in the light of Resurrection. Everyone has faced suffering. We suffer ourselves, know someone wh…

PRAYER GATHERING: The next Baha’i prayer gathering will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Center, 3701 E. Clairemont Ave.

FISH FRY: St. Mary’s Assumption Parish, 911 W. Prospect St., Durand, will host its Good Friday fish fry from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday in the church basement. The facility is handicapped accessible.

A few hours after Isaac Kruse, a state Department of Natural Resources conservation warden, started his work day Jan. 19, he found himself side by side with four St. Croix County responders who together saved the life of a man who was on the job like any normal day.

THEOLOGY ON TAP: Since the days of the Reformation, good theology and good beer have gone together. At 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, people can buy a beverage and join together in discussing “Do human beings really have free will?”

WRITERS GUILD: The Western Wisconsin Christian Writers Guild invites writers to its meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Bethesda Lutheran Brethren Church, 123 W. Hamilton Ave.

APRIL PROGRAMS: The Healing Place, a free service of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital that helps anyone who has experienced a loss and is in need of spiritual and emotional support, is offering the following programs and sessions in April.

Fermented, probiotics, good bacteria — these words have been all over the grocery store shelves and magazine covers lately. There are a lot of health claims made about fermented foods, but few of them are actually proven by research.

Recently I rediscovered a "secret" that's been known for thousands of years, taught in the sacred wisdom of many cultures including my own, written about in hundreds of books (some I've read!). It's something I've learned and taught, preached and practiced, and repeatedly forgotten.

FISH FRY: The St. Olaf Men’s Club is having its all-you-can-eat fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Father Agnew Parish Center, 2407 North Lane.

As he prepared to give his sermon recently, Omar Atia went over the parallels between his mosque in southwestern Indiana and the two in Christchurch, New Zealand, where dozens of Muslims died in a terrorist attack during communal prayers.

BAKE & THRIFT SALES: Plymouth United Church of Christ, 2010 Moholt Drive, is holding a huge bake and thrift sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

Dear Abby: My husband recently broke his eyeglasses. Because they couldn’t be repaired locally, he sent them by mail to a company that had been referred to him. They fixed his glasses and returned them to him.

MENOMONIE — Menomonie Police Sgt. Tyler Hamann knows the stresses of responding to emergency calls, not having time to take meal breaks, getting called in early for shifts and missing planned exercise time.

EXPLORE ECKANKAR: “The Power of Gratitude,” the ECK light and sound service, will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 31, at The Center, 3701 U.S. 12.

LENTEN BREAKFAST: The St. James the Greater Catholic Church K of C Roundtable is serving its Lenten breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the Parish Hall, 2502 11th St.

Dear Abby: I met a really great guy online eight months ago. He lives in another country and we have been in a long-distance relationship for the last six months. We talk all the time, video chat frequently and have grown very close. I have never clicked with anyone like I have with him, and…

MENOMONIE — He graduated from college when Jimmy Carter was president and served in the military for 34 years, including in Iraq. He was a high school teacher, owned and operated a dairy farm, and recently he was diagnosed with cancer.