About 200 walkers gathered on Clearwater Beach Jan. 25 for Chapel-By-The-Sea's fifth annual BeachWalk/Walk, with proceeds benefitting the Religious Community Services Food Bank.
After picking up their T-shirts and enjoying coffee, fruit and snacks provided by the Palm Pavilion, walkers accompanied the Rev. Herb Freitag and the Hooters Owl on a 2-mile walk on the beach and returned for a hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes, sausage and fruit donated by the Clear Sky Cafe.
Following breakfast, conversation and music by the Florida Band, a silent auction of donated items took place.
This year, the event raised more than $11,000.
"Each year the BeachWalk/Walk gets better and we are able to provide more funds to the RCS Food Bank," said Rick Owens, who co-chaired the event with Fred Bickel.
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First United Methodist Church of Clearwater's outreach program, "Books For Kids," needs donations of new and used books in good condition to be distributed to children in pre-school and elementary grades through book fairs at elementary schools, Boys and Girls Clubs and Head Start centers.
The goal is to give at least two books to each child that are theirs to keep.
Last year, the outreach was able to provide 2,000 books to area children.
To make a donation, bring books to the church at 411 Turner St., Clearwater, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 9 to 11 a.m. Sundays.
Call the church office at (727) 446-5955.
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The International Chorale of Dunedin will present a concert benefitting Pinellas Hope at 3 p.m. Sunday at Emmanuel Community Church, 1150 County Road 1, Palm Harbor.
Opened in 2007 on property in Clearwater provided by the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Pinellas Hope is a temporary emergency shelter for more than 250 homeless men and women.
Donations will be accepted.
Call (727) 789-1899.
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British organist Nicholas Martin will present a pipe organ concert at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kirk Church, 2686 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin. This performance marks his 29th trip to entertain his American fans.
Tickets are $15.25 and can be purchased by calling the church office at (727) 733-5475; visiting kirkconcerts.com; or at the church office from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday.
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The First United Methodist Church of Clearwater presents "Arts From the Heart," its 10th annual Valentine concert featuring Broadway hits, popular and classical music and vocal and instrumental solos at 7:30 p.m. Friday at 411 Turner St., Clearwater. A reception featuring chocolate desserts and fruit will follow the performance.
Cost is $15 at the door.
Call (727) 207-4205.
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The ethno-jazz trio "Balkan Rivers" performs melodies inspired by music of Serbia, the Balkans, American jazz, Spanish flamenco and gypsy tunes at 8 p.m. Friday at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, 15250 58th St. N, Clearwater.
Admission is free; donations are welcome.
Call (980) 613-5961. Visit facebook.com/SerbFestClearwater2013.
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At Hope Presbyterian Church's Valentine-themed event, a delicious dinner and dessert will be served in Hambley Hall followed by fun and dancing, starting at 6 p.m. Saturday at 1698 S Belcher Road, Clearwater.
Cost is $15 per person; both couples and singles are welcome.
For advance tickets call (727) 531-3200. Visit HopeFamily.com.
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It's time again for the Valentine Luncheon/Card and Board Game Party presented by St. Ignatius Catholic Church at noon Thursday in the parish hall at 715 E Orange St., Tarpon Springs.
Have fun playing games with friends while enjoying lunch and taking part in raffles and door prizes in an effort to raise money for All Children's Hospital, the James A. Haley and C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Centers, Upper Pinellas Pregnancy Support Services and St. Ignatius Catholic Church.
Attendees are welcome to bring cards and board games of their choice. Bridge or game tables can be reserved.
Tickets are $10 and available by phone or at the door.
Call (727) 785-6096, (727) 942-6336 or (727) 937-4280.
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Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater will present a multicultural, intergenerational, inter-spirit gathering of fun and frolic under the Sweetheart Moon 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater.
Be dazzled by the Dunedin Drum and Dance Group performing with LED hula hoops, fire sticks and flaming poi. Bring your own drum or other acoustic instrument to play at the drum circle.
Bring food to share for the potluck dinner, including your own non-disposable plates and utensils as well as personal seating.
Marriage equality will be highlighted, honoring the rights and dignity of all people irrespective of whom they love. Attendees may choose to reaffirm their commitment at a group ceremony that will be open to all.
Free; offering will be accepted.
For more information, email [email protected]
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In years past, seniors would move in with the kids and idle away their remaining years. In today's world, senior adults are trying to make sense of a dating scene that used to be reserved for the young.
Grandma Goes Off Her Rocker, a poignant comedy showing how today's seniors deal with life and love, will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday at Temple B'nai Israel, 1685 S Belcher Road, Clearwater.
Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for heavy hors d'oeuvres and stay after the performance for a "Meet the Cast" reception of champagne and chocolates in honor of Valentine's Day.
Tickets are $20.
Call (727) 531-5829. Visit tbiclearwater.org.
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