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North Pinellas religion briefs for April 24

The Chabad communities of Pinellas will join for a kosher dinner and entertainment on the Calypso Queen on Sunday.

JIM DAMASKE | Times (2011)

The Chabad communities of Pinellas will join for a kosher dinner and entertainment on the Calypso Queen on Sunday.

Is prayer dependable or just hit-and-miss? Learn about prayer that works with Norm Bleichman, a Christian Science practitioner and international speaker from Newburyport, Mass., at a free public talk on Christian Science at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave. Bleichman will share his experiences and discuss how spiritual prayer in Christian Science is an effective way to solve problems, achieve goals and maintain health. Sponsored by the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 937-8279. Visit christianscience

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In honor of Lag B'Omer, the three Chabad communities of Pinellas County will join together for a kosher dinner, gulf views, entertainment for children and traditional Jewish and Israeli music on a dinner cruise aboard the Calypso Queen, departing at 5 p.m. Sunday from the Clearwater Beach Marina, 25 Causeway Blvd.

"It is a very appropriate way to honor the great sage, Rabbi Akiva," said Rabbi Levi Hodakov, director of Chabad of Clearwater. "Rabbi Akiva's lifelong dream was to spread love among the Jewish people."

The event is open to the entire community. Cost of the cruise and dinner is $18 per adult and $9 for children ages 2 to 12. Boarding begins at 4:45 p.m.

Space is limited. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis; deadline is Thursday. Call (727) 789-0408; (727) 265-2770; or (727) 344-4900.

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Festival Ruah, an interfaith, multicultural celebration presents "Earth Tones: Celebrating Earth Day" at 7 p.m. Friday at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road. Performing will be Iya Bakoso, an Afro-Caribbean drumming ensemble featuring Sachiko Luna Kline and Cathy Costa on vocals, Barry Skeete on percussion and Raihan Alam on didjeridoo; and jazz musician Fred Johnson. The Earth Day program also includes drumming, poetry readings and more. Admission is free; donations accepted.

On Tuesday, Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater will host an Immigration Panel at 7 p.m. in the church's Octagon Arts Center. Moderated by the Rev. Abhi Janamanchi, panelists include Tuyet Duong, senior advisor, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; the Rev. Russell Meyer, executive director, Florida Council of Churches; and Edwin Enciso, organizer with CIR NOW.

For information, call (727) 531-7704, email or visit

Mail religion news to Nova Beall at 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756; fax to (727) 445-4119; or email

North Pinellas religion briefs for April 24 04/23/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 7:00pm]
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