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Ash Wednesday opens Lenten season

Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, was celebrated at churches around the Las Vegas Valley.

At the Wednesday morning service at Faith Community Lutheran Church in Summerlin, church officials came up with a plan to maintain social distancing.

Rather than ministers placing the ashes on foreheads or hands, Pastor Craig Michaelson said, ashes were placed into small plastic bags. The bags were placed on a table for pickup as people entered the church.

Worshipers applied the ashes to themselves and family members during the service.

Palm Eastern Mortuary hosts annual Easter sunrise service

“It was important to us to offer this service after what has been a long and stressful year for everyone,” said Glenn Abercrombie, general manager of Palm Eastern Mortuary and Cemetery.

Purim goes to the puppies this year at local synagogue

One of the most festive holidays on the Jewish calendar may be even more welcome than usual this year, especially at Congregation Ner Tamid where the story of Purim is told by some seriously cute canines.