Border issues will be focus

of Sunday panel discussion

St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church will host a panel discussion at 11:45 a.m. Sunday covering key issues on the U.S.-Mexican border.

The panel will consist of people who deal daily with the problems confronting those who seek to come to and remain in the United States.

The members of the panel will be Isabel Garcia from Derechos Humanos, Brian Flagg from the Casa Maria soup kitchen and Sarah Roberts from No More Deaths and Samaritan Patrol. Speakers will share their experiences and insights, as well as answer questions.

The discussion will focus on topics such as how many people traveling across the border are dying in the desert, why the current border security program is not working, what can be done about U.S. immigration policy, what rights immigrants have and what are the prospects for the “Dreamers.”

St. Francis in the Foothills is at 4625 E. River Road, at North Swan Road, and the discussion will be held in the church center.

For more information call the church office at 299-9063.

St. Gregory’s The Sip to have a German theme this year

The Sip for St. Gregory is going German this year, raising funds for St. Gregory College Preparatory School students, programs and services at Oktoberfest.

German fare, live music, beer tasting and a silent auction will be part of the event, from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26, at Loews Ventana Canyon, 7000 N. Resort Drive.

The Sip, which in past years featured wine tasting, has served as a fundraising tradition at St. Gregory since 1991. The event has raised more than $900,000 to benefit students at the independent school, with grades 6 through 12.

The Sip serves as a major fundraiser for the school, ensuring high levels of programming for all students, regardless of financial status.

Cost is $100 per person open seating; $900 for a reserved table of 8; and $60 for alumni. You can buy tickets online at or call 327-6395.