You’re invited to ‘Food Truck Fiesta’

The public is invited to Salem Road Covenant Church’s “Food Truck Fiesta” scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 16.

The fiesta, which is free of charge, will be catered by The Compadres food truck, featuring tacos, refried beans, rice and beverages. The church will provide dessert.

The event is a celebration of Latin American culture with an evening of food, fun and games for all ages. If weather is inclement, there is a canopy that covers the church patio, and some festivities could move indoors.

Salem Road Covenant Church is located at 3401 Salem Road SW. For more information, call 288-9601 or visit

Singing bowls in the courtyard!

Join others in the Garden Courtyard at Assisi Heights in Rochester July 25 for a sounding of traditional historic Tibetan singing bowls.

The ageless bell sounds touch the soul, quiet the mind, and invite the spirit to caress the heart. The sounds involve deep states of relaxation, which naturally help one enter into expanding states of consciousness and meditation.

The event begins at 6 p.m. and lasts two hours. Rain date is Aug. 1.

Admission is $10 preregistered and prepaid, $15 at the door.

Learn more and register online,, or call 507-280-2195.

Assisi Heights is at 1001 14th St. NW.

Join an outdoor drumming circle

Join the sisters at Assisi Heights for a seasonal outdoor drumming circle and fire ceremony under the moon, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 26.

Drumming draws our personal energies into a powerful unified communal prayer. The drum has the ability to put us in touch with our own natural rhythms; the circle helps draw individual energies together. The beat of the drum represents our heart, as we become grounded. It takes us to a place deep inside where we are keenly aware of our unified mind and body and the connection between the two. Drumming is a time-honored method of healing which helps us release tension and lifts stress, dispels negative feelings and restores energy.

Donations are appreciated. Learn more and register online,, or call 507-280-2195.

Assisi Heights is at 1001 14th St. NW.

Tibetan singing bowls in La Crosse

Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, Wis., will offer two singing bowls events this summer in conjunction with presenter Tom Roberts.

The first event, called Singing Bowls at Sunset, will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 16 (rain date July 23) near the FSC's hermitages on St. Joseph Ridge. Participants are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair as they listen to Roberts play the bowls and gongs outdoors as the sun sets over the ridge. Cost is $20.

A Singing Bowls Immersion Retreat will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Franciscan Spirituality Center, 920 Market St.

The daylong retreat will include instruction about the history, creation and use of Tibetan singing bowls, plus information on how the use of sound can deepen meditation and contribute to overall wellness. Participants will be able to practice playing the bowls. The schedule also will allow for personal meditation and prayer. Cost is $65, which includes lunch.

Register for one or both programs at or call 608-791-5295.

The Franciscan Spirituality Center was founded 35 years by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and is open to men and women of all faith traditions for spiritually enriching retreats/programs and compassionate listening.

Tom Roberts is a retired psychotherapist and practicing Zen Buddhist. He is the author of “The Mindfulness Workbook: A Beginner’s Guide to Overcoming Fear and Embracing Compassion” and leads several retreats at the FSC each year.

News items for Faith Focus are due by the Wednesday 10 days prior to Saturday publication. You may email information to or mail to Faith Focus, Life section, 18 First Ave. SE, Rochester, MN 55904. Be sure to include event locations and contact information.

What's your reaction?