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The SLOBC Obon Festival is just a month away on Saturday, August 4, from 12 noon to 8 pm at St. Patrick School in Arroyo Grande. Your BWA needs help in the
following ways and hope you and your friends will be able to provide that help:

1. Sushi preparation: From 8 am on Saturday at the temple, we will be making inarizushi, chirashizushi, and spam musubi. With more hands helping it will
shorten the time to prepare these delicious dishes.
2. BWA Craft Booth: If you have a talent like knitting, crocheting, sewing or other creative activity, please consider donating your items to help the sales in our booth. You can also make suggestions or give us ideas of things you may have seen at other craft fairs.
3. We need about 3 – 4 people to work 2-hour shifts in the booth at the Obon Festival. We can work together to coordinate the hours that work best for you.

The second Saturday of every month (with very few exceptions) is clean-up day at the temple. We need more people to come for a few hours to help keep our temple building clean and inviting. We vacuum, dust, straighten books, clean windows and doors, clean bathrooms, sweep and mop. When we have many hands the tasks go quickly and there is a lot of good camaraderie and lunch! With more people helping, we can clean up areas that get overlooked when only a few people are participating.

Please come to help us at Obon time and on clean-up Saturdays! Contact me to sign up! Domo Arigato Gozaimasu!

In gassho, Sandy Hongo
Resident Minister: Rev. Naomi Seijo Nakano
6996 Ontario Rd., SLO
Hello Sangha Members,

It seems that we just finished our second Fundraiser last weekend. Now, just around the corner, is our final Fundraiser—the Obon Festival to be held on Saturday, August 4th. This event is our biggest money maker for the year. We are asking all Sangha members to come out and participate in many ways. We need help in packing, setting up and taking down the booths, making sushi, helping dress the Obon Odori dancers, kitchen duties, rice cooking , etc. If you have any time to give to your church, please notify anyone on the Obon committee.

It’s time to clean your house of those Japanese items that you are ready to give up. The White Elephant Booth is looking for those items to sell at the Obon Festival. Last year the booth made close to $2,000 through donated items from various families. It was great to receive those items. If you would like to donate items to the White Elephant Booth, please bring them to the church and mark it “White Elephant Booth.” If you have any
questions please call us. Bon
Temple clean-up is scheduled for July 14th at 9 AM. If you have a couple of hours, we can always use your help in keeping a pleasant place to hear the dharma. The more volunteers, the faster the tasks are accomplished.
Odori (Japanese Folk Dancing) practice will be held on July 8 & 15 (Sundays) at 1 pm and July 12, 19 & 26 (Thursdays) at 7 pm. The instructors volunteer their time to teach us the folk dancing. Come join them and enjoy the fun.

In Gassho, Donna Sato
July 8: Chanting class (10 am)
        14: Temple clean up (9 am)
        15: Intro to Buddhism (10 AM)
        22: Guadalupe Obon
               (NO SERVICE in SLO)


Bon Odori Practices: July 8 &15 at 1:00pm
                                     July 12, 19, and 26 at 7pm