What do these characters have in common:
• Flavey Stroudamore, owner of a three-legged gator named Precious who also happens to have a birthmark of Jesus on his side.
• Buck Blander, pastor of the Church of Everlasting Liability, who honed his preaching skills in prison but doesn't tell his parishioners.
• Sweetie Mooney, whose attempt to run a beauty shop in her aunt's home fails after tragedies with head lice and henna hair dye?
They're all housed within the pages of Susan Adger's new book, Seashells, Gator Bones and the Church of Everlasting Liability, set in the fictional town of Toad Springs, Florida, during the 1930s.
Adger will narrate some of her characters' adventures during a book launch event at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road. Adger is a former UUC member.
The event is free. Call (727) 531-7704.
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Unity Church of Clearwater presents its second annual "Unity's Got Talent" show at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Peace Chapel, 2465 Nursery Road.
Teens will be featured at the event, sponsored by the Youth Of Unity, and adults are also welcome to participate.
For more information, call (727) 531-0992.
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Scrapbookers are invited to bring their creativity to a free scrapbooking/cardmaking event from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 2281 State Road 580, Clearwater.
Refreshments will be available. Call (727) 542-7163.
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Teresa MacBain, a former Methodist minister who announced her nontheistic beliefs and left the church in 2012, will be the guest speaker at a humanists event at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road.
MacBain was raised in a fundamental Baptist home, the daughter of a pastor. Throughout her adult life, she pursued ministry opportunities, most recently serving six years as a senior Methodist pastor.
Her inability to find peace in the church's easy answers to tough questions contributed to her decision to come out publicly as an atheist at the 2012 American Atheists Convention in Washington, D.C. She now leads the Humanists of Florida Association as its executive director.
For information, call (727) 531-7704.
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