Refugee Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery create the mandala, a sacred sand painting, by meticulously arranging dyed sand in intricate patterns to represent the Buddhist principal of compassion. Special chanting ceremonies to spread their message of peace and compassion take place at noon and 5 p.m. On Aug. 15, the monks perform a closing ceremony in which the completed sand painting will be dismantled and the sands will be poured into water to represent the transitory nature of material life.When: 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
A new respite care program offers free childcare for children with special needs. The program is free for all families. No affiliation with the church or any church is required.Facilities specific to children with special needs include: wheelchair access, quiet room, sensory wall, playroom, nursery, accessible restroom and changing table.Volunteers are trained with sensitivity and knowledge to care for children with autism, Down syndrome, behavioral disorders, cerebral palsy, speech and language impairments, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, and developmental/cognitive disabilities. There is a place for any child affected by special needs, as well as their siblings. Childcare is provided from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday evenings. Children may be dropped off and picked up at any time during this period. Parents are welcome to spend time in the facilities to observe, meet other parents, or connect with volunteers. To register, email or call Amy Giacalone, email@example.com.Cost: Free