FREE SPAGHETTI DINNER: United Methodist Church of Anacortes, 2201 H Ave., Anacortes, will host a free spaghetti dinner for the Fidalgo Island community from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19.

WOMEN HAND IN HAND: Stephanie Fast will be the keynote speaker at the Blessed with Hope Women’s Conference presented by Women HAND in Hand, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at North Cascades Christian Fellowship, 118 N. Ball St., Sedro-Woolley.

Fast was deserted by her mother when she was 4 or 5 years old in war-torn Korea, and nearly succumbed to premature death. She recounts her story in “She is Mine: A War Orphan’s Incredible Journey of Survival.”

Cost: $20, includes lunch. Tickets:, which has a link to eventbrite. Tickets will also be available at the door.

COMMUNITY HYMN SING: Mount Vernon First Christian Reformed Church, 701 W. Blackburn Road, Mount Vernon, will host a community hymn sing at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 29. No offering will be taken, and free DVDs will be given to attendees. Refreshments will be served. 360-336-2405.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER: The annual Skagit County National Day of Prayer will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 3, on the Skagit County Courthouse steps, 205 W. Kincaid St., downtown Mount Vernon.

Local dignitaries and community leaders will pray for their sphere of influence in: government, church, business, education, family, media and military/emergency responders. The Burlington-Edison Junior ROTC Color Guard will present colors and the Mount Vernon Christian School Choir will provide music.

Organized by Pray!Skagit, National Day of Prayer Task Force county coordinators.

— Submit Religion in the Area information to Skagit Publishing, 1215 Anderson Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98274. Items must be received by noon the Wednesday before publication. Email:

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