Nov. 18: Israeli dancing with Fran Kaplan, 4 p.m.; Movie Night, 7 p.m.
Dec. 8: First night of Hanukkah
Armenian festival set for Nov. 9
The Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe in Haverhill will have its Autumnfest 2012 Bazaar on Friday, Nov. 9, from noon to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 10, from noon to 7 p.m. at the church, 110 Main St. Armenian and Middle Eastern dishes, including shish, losh and chicken kebab and kheyma dinners, will be featured. The pastry table will offer choereg, paklava, khadayif with nuts and cream and other homemade pastries. There will be raffles for homemade gift baskets, cash and other items. The Country Store will have tourshi, relish, jams, grains and other items. Take-out orders are available by calling 978-372-9227. A special display of Alex and Ani Jewelry sponsored by Nazarian Jewelers will be available.
Insight meditation retreat on tap
The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport, located at 443 Middle St. in West Newbury, will offer a meditation retreat for beginners titled “Waking Up to Your Life” on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The retreat is designed for anyone interested in insight meditation, called Vipassana, which is a simple practice that steadies the mind by grounding attention in the present moment. The practice originated in the Buddhist tradition more than 2,500 years ago. The cost is $37. For registration and details, visit www.imcnewburyport.org.
`Wednesdays at the Well’ at Pilgrim Church
Pilgrim Congregational Church, 27 Church St., Merrimac, holds a weekly “Wednesdays at the Well” adult gathering on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. The series includes education, discussion and fellowship. The group is currently watching and discussing “The Jesus Lifestyle” to more deeply understand how Jesus’ teachings apply to ones’ lives. All are welcome. For more information, call the church office at 978-346-8400.
Activities at Merrimacport UMC
Christianity and World Religions study on Monday at 7 p.m. and on first, third and fifth Mondays through Dec. 3 at the Merrimac United Methodist Church. Through this DVD-based study by Adam Hamilton, the major world religions will be discussed: Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity. Newcomers welcome.