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The Ashland First Presbyterian Church will hold services on New Year's Day. The Chapel Service will commence at 8 a.m. Sunday at the church, 1615 Clark Ave. A Calvin Hall service will follow at 9:15 a.m., and a sanctuary service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Church School will be held at 9:15 a.m. For more information, call 541-482-3536.

The Center for Spiritual Living will hold a Burning Bowl and Sacred White Stone Ceremony led by the Rev. Joy-Ann Huth at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, at its new location in the Scottish Rite Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. David Gabriel will provide music. The Burning Bowl Ceremony helps participants let go of old unwanted thoughts, conditions and ideas. The Sacred White Stone Ceremony is an ancient ritual signifying freedom from the past and a new beginning. For more information, call 541-734-8581.

Hebrew and Greek scholar Arnold Fruchtenbaum of Ariel Ministries will talk about the Book of Revelation, the prophesies of the prophet Daniel and other references from 6 to 7 p.m. Sundays on KSKQ Community Radio, 89.5 FM. Past shows are archived at www.kskq.org.

There also is an end-times study group based on Fruchtenbaum's teachings from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays at the Ashland Christian Fellowship, 50 W. Hersey St. For more information, call 541-488-0066.

Healthy Living Ministries, the temperance ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, will hold a Pampered Chef cooking demonstration at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at Central Point Seventh-day Adventist Church, 625 N. 10th St. Proceeds benefit the Central Point church kitchen. For more information, call 541-324-8883.

The Havurah will host a multi-generational family dance to ring in the New Year at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at the synagogue, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Jerry Attrick & The Pacemakers will play dance music for all ages until after midnight, and there will be snacks and beverages available. Tickets are on sale at the Music Coop, 268 E. Main St., for $10 per person, $25 per family in advance, and $13 per person, $30 per family at the door. Call 541-488-7716 for more information.

The Center for Spiritual Living will join in a worldwide peace vigil at 4 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at the center's old location, 1119 Ellen Ave., Medford. Observances around the world, which begin at noon Greenwich Mean time, include singing, meditation and prayer for peace in 2012. For more information call 541-734-8581.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will hold its Burning Bowl Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, at the fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland.

Participants will reflect on the challenges, changes, lessons and joys of the past year, let go of what was and focus on the new opportunities for the year to come. Children and teens are welcome to participate.

For more information, call 541-482-4755.