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First Baptist Church, 820 College Ave. W, Ruskin, will host Trevor Thomas Drama Ministries, Larry Ford and Woody Wright in concert today. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information, call the church at (813) 645-6439.

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The St. James House of Prayer Episcopal Church outreach ministry program Cornerstone Kids, Inc. is sponsoring the 23rd annual Lincoln-Douglass Ball tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Tampa — USF, 3705 Spectrum Blvd., Tampa. The formal event is a masquerade ball, and guests are invited to dress in costume or wear masks. The event includes cocktails, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $65 per person, or $650 for a table of 10. Proceeds benefit Cornerstone Kids. For more information, call (813) 293-1284.

The First Presbyterian Church of Brandon, 121 Carver Ave., Brandon, will begin preschool registration for ages 2, 3 and 4 for fall 2013 on Feb. 10 for church families after Sunday services in Mauldin Hall. Enrollment opens to the public Feb. 12. For more information, call (813) 689-0947.

United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Ave., Sun City Center, will host a free concert with the McDonald Family Singers on Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. in the church's sanctuary. Victor and Laurie McDonald and their seven children ages 11-26 will perform music including bluegrass gospel, a cappella, brass, instrumental and sacred classical. For more information, call (813) 634-1304.

Tampa Zen Center, 8509 N 29th St., Tampa, offers traditional Soto Zen meditation and instruction every Sunday morning at 9:30. Zen teachers from around the country give talks on Zen practice during the morning classes. For more information, visit

Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Road, Brandon, offers Sunday worship services for the hearing-impaired at 11 a.m., worship services in Spanish on Sundays at 11 a.m. in the chapel, and Bible fellowship on Sundays at 8, 9:15 and 11 a.m. The church also offers Wednesday Community Worship at 7 p.m. For more information, call (813) 689-4229.

First United Methodist Church of Brandon, 120 N Knights Ave., Brandon, holds a single adults small group on Sundays at 11 a.m. in the church library, as well as other special events. For more information, contact Donna Nunley at (813) 758-5622 or Larry Underwood at (813) 597-9213 or

Unity Christ Church, 1911 N Gordon St., Plant City, hosts classes on the basics of meditation and Buddhism at 8 p.m. Thursdays. The classes are taught by Thích Giác Ng, a Plant City native who resides in a Vietnamese Buddhist monastery in Tampa. For more information, call (863) 521-5465.

Religion calendar 01/31/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 1:40pm]
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