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How Lent can save us from modern obsessions

People are busier than they’ve ever been. We live in an unprecedented era of uninterrupted communication, entertainment and information overload. In a very short time, we have become accustomed to a level of noise and distraction that our ancestors could not have begun to imagine.

Pope offended by his own popularity in his first year

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis finds the hype that is increasingly surrounding him “offensive,” according to an interview published Wednesday, even as the Vatican is marking the anniversary of his election with commemorative stamps and coins and a DVD with never-before-seen footage of the pope.

Fair helps families weave their histories

Family history research has exploded in the past few years as new online tools and applications have been developed worldwide and made available to the public. Armies of volunteers have helped digitize and index more than 3 billion names using information from census data to immigrant ship manifests and birth and death certificates to make them currently searchable on any home computer.

Fundraiser for Trusting Spirit Horse Rescue

TWISP — Twisp River Pub will host the fifth annual Dinner and Music fundraiser for Trusting Spirit Horse Rescue from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the pub, 201 State Route 20.

FIRE! fundraiser to be held at Crossport Gym

WENATCHEE — Crossport Gym will host a fundraiser to benefit the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and the Wildland Firefighter Foundation at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the gym, 501 S. Wenatchee Ave.

Fellowship will host senior wellness retreat

EAST WENATCHEE — Cascade Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will host a two-day senior wellness retreat, “A GPS for the Senior Years,” that begins next Friday.

Worship services, training at Kingdom Embassy

EAST WENATCHEE — The Kingdom Embassy Church, 181 1st St. S.E., will hold a Soaking Worship tonight at 6, followed at 7 p.m. by a Healing Team teaching and training session.

St. Luke’s to host funeral planning workshop

WENATCHEE — Rev. Lee Kiefer, priest-in-charge at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, will facilitate a workshop on planning one’s funeral, and offer guidelines for writing an obituary.

LOST AND FOUND in concert Tuesday

WENATCHEE — Grace Lutheran Church, 1408 Washington St., will host nationally-acclaimed band LOST AND FOUND in concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday.