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North Pinellas religion briefs for Nov. 13

Organist John B. Ledwon will perform on “The Grand Duchess” at Kirk Church in Dunedin at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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Organist John B. Ledwon will perform on “The Grand Duchess” at Kirk Church in Dunedin at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Palm Harbor Ward, hosts a family history workshop open to the public at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at 3303 Belcher Road, Dunedin.

Specialists will be available to help individuals get started on researching their own family history and instruct attendees how to sign on and use the church's new web site,, which provides access to millions of genealogical records from all over the world.

Call (727) 771-9699. Visit

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St. John's Episcopal Church is seeking vendors for its second annual holiday craft fair 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at 1676 South Belcher Road, Clearwater.

All crafts must be homemade; no mass manufactured goods will be accepted.

The non-refundable registration fee is $20 (cash or money order only) for a 10 x 12 foot space on the outside church grounds. Exhibitors must provide their own display racks, tables, chairs and tents, etc. No electricity will be available.

For additional vendor information call (727) 424-5844; email; or visit

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A conference on religious freedom sponsored by the Archons of Tampa Bay will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 409 S Old Coachman Road, Clearwater.

A panel including the Rev. Fr. Kyrillos Makar or Egypt, the Rev. Frs. Michael Massouh and John Kouki of Syria, Maria Khoury, Ph.D., of Palestine and Veterinary Medical Doctor Nicholas Loutsion will speak on "The Persecution of Christians Today In the Lands of the Bible" and discuss the effects of political and civil disturbances on the Christian populations of the ancient lands of the bible.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

For more information call (727) 799-4605 or visit

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At 7 p.m. Friday, the Unitarian Universalist Church, 230 Grand Ave., Tarpon Springs, invites amateur performers to take the stage at its Grand Avenue Coffeehouse, a chemical-free event in an open mic format.

A donation of $1 and/or the donation of a non perishable item for the Shepherd Center is requested, but no one will be turned away.

Call (727) 937-4682.

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On Saturday at Kirk Church, 2686 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin, organist John B. Ledwon will sit at the 8-foot wide console of "The Grand Duchess," one of the larger pipe organs in the world, and play beautiful music made possible by the instrument's array of 100 ranks, or organ voices, and genuine orchestral percussions.

The concert begins at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15.25 for adults and $7.25 for students and children.

Refreshments will be available for purchase before the concert and during intermission.

For tickets, call (727) 733-5475; stop by the church office hours 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday; or visit

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Artists of all skill levels are invited to hang out with other creative people at a fun watercolor event 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater.

Drawing skills are not necessary and everyone leaves with a finished painting.

Cost of the class is $18. Art kits with all supplies are available for $10 but participants may bring their own art materials.

To register, email

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The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs will present a holiday gift sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 230 Grand Ave., Tarpon Springs, featuring a bakery buffet of homemade cakes, cookies, brownies, and fruit and nut breads for sale. When shoppers get hungry, lunch items of homemade soups, salads and sandwiches will be available for a suggested donation of $10.

Other items offered will be handmade quilts; wall hangings; hand-knitted sweaters, hats and scarves; and costume jewelry.

Docents will be present to conduct tours of the George Inness, Jr. paintings inside the church.

Call (727) 937-4682.

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St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1120 Curlew Road, Dunedin, warmly welcomes people of all ages, faiths, races, languages and economic situations to its annual Thanksgiving dinner at 3 p.m. Nov. 28.

Dinner is free and rides are available within five miles of the church. Due to limited space, reservations are suggested. Call the church office at (727) 733-0474 during the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

In preparation for the annual event, Chef John Lewis of Chef John's Creative Culinary Services is requesting home cooks to buy and bake turkeys (about 16 pounds each) at home to deliver to the church from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 24-27; and drop off home-baked pies (apple or pumpkin) from 4-8 p.m. Nov. 27. Volunteers will also be needed to help prepare side dishes at the church the afternoon and evenings of Nov. 24-27.

To schedule drop off times for food delivery to church, email

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