GARDENS CELEBRATION: Beth El Synagogue’s annual Tu B’Shevat celebration will be held at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St., Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Expect seed planting, cookie decorating, music and treats. This celebration is free.

CHILI CONTEST: St. Luke United Methodist Church, 11810 Burke St., will hold its fourth annual chili contest Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Chicken noodle soup will also be available. An offering will be collected for the event, which is a fundraiser for the missions team.

“FRESHLY ORGANIZED” WORKSHOP: Professional organizer and family management expert Amy Tokos will host a workshop on organizing one’s heart and mind to be truly successful. Tokos will guide others to finding balance in daily activities and help bring focus to priorities as well as organizing tips to keep everything simple. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Knowles Mercy Spirituality Center, 2304 Campanile Road in Waterloo, Neb. The fee is $40 per person, and a continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

FREE TEEN AND PARENT SEMINARS: Jason Angelette will present “Love, Freedom and the Pursuit for Purity” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Wenceslaus Church, 15353 Pacific St. Parents are welcome. On Thursday at 7 p.m., Angelette will host a parent talk on “Raising Pure Teens.” The presentation will be on ways to support children living a chaste life, followed by a question-and-answer session. For more information, contact Dan Bleyhl at 402-691-0129.

PROJECT INTERFAITH SPEED DIALOGUE: Urban Abbey, 1026 Jackson St., will host Project Interfaith’s Speed Dialogue event from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The program is similar to speed-dating, but instead, participants will experience a series of seven-minute, one-on-one discussions about faith, beliefs and culture. The cost is $10 for nonstudents and $5 for students with IDs. For more information, visit, email or call 402-933-4647.

SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME: On Thursday, Douglas Blackmon will speak about the continuation of slavery after the Civil War and the legacy of racism that continues today. His lecture will take place at Countryside Community Church, 8787 Pacific St., and will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Tickets for the 7 p.m. event are available in advance or at the door. Suggested donation is $10. Students with ID get free admission. For more information, call Cyndi Kugler at 402-391-0350, ext. 121.

Compiled by Amanda Mischke

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