LAUMC launches grief support group

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled a six-week Good Grief Support Group 7-8:30 p.m. Sundays through March 2 in the church’s Redwood Room, 655 Magdalena Ave.

In a culture that often avoids talking about loss, the Good Grief Support Group aims to provide a safe place for people to share their experiences of grief and loss.

“After the loss of a loved one, we experience a wide variety of feelings and emotions,” said an organizer of the group. “The ever-changing emotions can catch us off guard, causing us to act out of character or differently than our typical personality and demeanor. We all need a support system as we move through our grief journey. While family and friends are vital, unless they have experienced a close personal loss, they most likely don’t fully get it.”

The group size is intentionally small, so to ensure a spot, register in advance at

For more information, call the church office at 948-1083.

Congregation Beth Am hosts events

Congregation Beth Am, located at 26790 Arastradero Road in Los Altos Hills, is scheduled to host the following events.

• Erev Shabbat service, 6:15 p.m. Friday in the Sanctuary. Rabbi Mark Borovitz of Beit T’Shuvah, a Jewish, faith-based, nonsectarian residential addiction treatment center in Los Angeles, will speak on “Embracing Imperfection.”

Following his presentation, Borovitz will join Congregation Beth Am for dinner and a discussion in the Social Hall.

Dinner is $20.

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• Violins of Hope concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Sanctuary. Congregations Beth Am, Etz Chayim and Kol Emeth are co-sponsors of the Violins of Hope’s “Along the Trade Route” concert.

The concert will feature violinists Cookie Segelstein (Klezmer), Emmanuel During (Middle Eastern), Hemmige V. Srivatsan (South Indian) and Suzy Thompson (Americana). Each violinist will perform on a violin once owned and played by a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp, now repaired and repurposed as an instrument of peace, social justice and hope.

Tickets are $18-$50.

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Insight Meditation hosts 7-part series

Insight Meditation South Bay, a local meditation group, has scheduled a seven-part series, “Seven Factors of Awakening,” that runs 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays from Feb. 11 through March 31 (no meeting Feb. 25) at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View.

The series will explore factors that cultivate the mind, overcome hindrances and balance forces that arise through meditation.

The series is appropriate for newcomers as well as experienced practitioners.

Insight Meditation South Bay offers mindfulness-based meditation practices aimed at awakening heart and mind in the midst of busy Silicon Valley.

Registration is not required for the course, but donations are accepted.

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