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North Pinellas religion events for Wednesday, Oct. 2


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Nourish, a film hosted and narrated by actor Cameron Diaz, illustrates how food connects to such issues as biodiversity, climate change, public health and social justice. It will be shown at 7 p.m. today at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road.

The film also features interviews with best-selling author Michael Pollan, sustainable food advocate Anna Lappe, chef Bryant Terry, pediatrician Dr. Nadine Burke and organic farmer Nigel Walker.

Free, but offerings will be accepted.

Call (727) 531-7704 or email

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For those looking for a more contemporary way to worship, Hope Presbyterian Church's newest gathering, Awakening Hope, offers a multisensory experience with an "open space" time for reflection and hands-on ways to connect with God and each other at 5:30 p.m. every Sunday beginning Oct. 6 at the church, 1698 S Belcher Road, Clearwater.

Families, friends and children are invited to this easygoing, uplifting event that includes a band that plays newer Christian music and updated hymns.

For more information, call (727) 531-3200 or visit hope

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On the first night of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, Chabad of Clearwater Florida directors Rabbi and Mrs. Levi Hodakov and their family were joined by NBA player Omri Casspi in their Sukkah, a special outdoor hut built for the festive holiday meal.

The 6-foot 9-inch player was in town training for the upcoming season with coach David Thorpe, executive director of the Pro Training Center, and caused quite a stir when he entered the synagogue for the holiday prayer services.

During the meal, the rabbi made a special toast to Casspi, wishing him an injury-free and successful season with his new team, the Houston Rockets. He was signed to the team this summer after playing several years for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

After the gathering, Casspi expressed his gratitude to Hodakov and his family via a text message that read, "Thank you so much for having me. Had a great time and it was nice to meet your lovely family. Thanks again for everything."

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A St. Francis Day Pet Blessing Day will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in the sanctuary of St. Matthias Lutheran Church, 2751 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater.

All vaccinated pets on a leash or in a carrier are welcome to attend the event that features a pet and people sing-along, a blessing and refreshments. Small dogs rescued by the group Canine Estates, will be offered for adoption.

For details, call (727) 796-2200.

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Food, fun and handmade creations by local artists will be in plentiful supply at "Crafts On the Lake," a show presented by the Creative Crafts Guild 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lakeview Community Church, 475 East Lake Road N, Tarpon Springs.

Proceeds will benefit the church's mission trip.

Call (727) 738-0767.

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Church Women United Tampa Bay Area units are hosting a human rights program and workshop on human trafficking Friday at Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 110 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater.

Registration for the event, which is open to the public, begins at 10 a.m. The program gets underway at 10:30 a.m. followed by a box lunch and workshop 1 to 2 p.m.

Speaker and workshop leader will be Giselle Rodriguez, a state outreach coordinator for the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficiking.

Church Women United is a national ecumenical movement focused on issues of justice, reconciliation and peace.

To RSVP, call (727) 734-1237 or email

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosts a weekly family history workshop at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at 3303 Belcher Road, Dunedin.

With the help of family history specialists, people can get started researching their family history and learn how to access and use the church's website,, which provides access to millions of genealogical records from all over the world.

For more information, call (727) 771-9699. Visit

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