Quad-Cities in Brief

Baha’i Faith celebrates founder’s birthday Oct. 22

The 200th birthday of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith, will be celebrated by Baha’is of Yavapai County West at a Light of Unity Festival from 1:15 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at La Quinta Inn, 4499 E. Highway 69, Prescott.

The event is free and the public is welcomed to help celebrate the occasion with joyous multicultural music and video, prayers in different languages, artistic presentations including the Flagstaff String Quartet, and refreshments.

Bahá’u’lláh’s vision of the oneness of humanity is an antidote to the racial prejudice and materialism that are corroding American society.

“Now more than ever, we need positive models of social change that bring people together rather than divide them,” David Bradley, Prescott Valley, said. Members are active in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Dewey-Humboldt.

Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892) was a spiritual teacher who announced in 1863 that He was the bearer of a new revelation from God. His teachings have spread around the world, forming the basis of a process of social transformation and community building which is unique in its global scope and the diversity of participants.

The Twin Holy Birthdays honor The Báb, born in 1819, and Baha’u’llah, born in 1817. The primary Bicentennial Celebration for Baha’u’llah is in 2017 and the primary celebration for The Báb is in 2019. However both birthdays are celebrated in each of these two years, with one primary for each year.

The Birth of Báb celebration and proclamation takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Prescott Valley Public Library — third floor Crystal Room, 7401 E. Civic Circle Drive.

To learn more, visit www.twinholybirthdays.org. For information, call Jeanie Halstead at 928-830-5304.

Founder of Building Bridges for Peace speaking tonight in Prescott

Jo Berry is the epitome of triumph over adversity and challenge.

When an Irish Republican Army bomb, planted in the Grand Hotel in Brighton, United Kingdom, killed her father, she had a choice. She could choose to harbor hatred and anger-craving revenge, or seek understanding and so bring peace back into her life.

In 2000, Jo met Patrick Magee, the bomber, and from that initial three-hour meeting came a life long journey together speaking and demonstrating their ability to see each other’s humanity, dignity and respect.

They have shared platforms together over 150 times, sharing their incredible story in prisons, schools and universities and international peace conferences.

Through such efforts, Berry eventually founded Building Bridges for Peace, a nonprofit organization promoting peace and conflict resolution throughout the world.

Berry is currently visiting Arizona and will be sharing her story on Friday, Oct. 20, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Heights Church, 2121 Larry Caldwell Drive, in Prescott.

A suggested donation of $10 in advance is requested, or $15 at the door. For advance tickets, contact Heather Seets at 928-899-1749. All proceeds go to Building Bridges for Peace.

Information provided by Building Bridges for Peace.

Can I eat that? Ethnobotany Fest at Highlands Center Oct. 21

A Celebration of Edible and Medicinal Plants takes place at the Highlands Center for Natural History from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, 1375 S. Walker Road, Prescott. Fee: adults $5, children under 13 $2, free for members.

Ethnobotany is the study of how people of a particular culture and region make use of indigenous plants.

The James Family Discovery Gardens will be the site of the inaugural Ethnobotany Fest at the Highlands Center. Adults and families can learn about the plants of the Central Highlands and the many ways that people use them for food and medicine.

Participants will make poultices, ointments and tinctures; taste juice made from prickly pear cactus; take guided walks; and talk with pioneer woman Mary Ramos. A craft table will be set up in the Forest Play area.

Faith Roelofs will be reenacting 1860s pioneer woman Mary Ramos and talking to families about her basket of herbal remedies. Jo Schultheiss will lead guided ethnobotanical walks through the gardens at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Diane Vaszily will present in the Ramada on making poultices, ointments, and tinctures.

For more information, call 928-776-9550 or visit highlandscenter.org.