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North Pinellas Religion for Wednesday, April 2

For more than 60 years, Clearwater's Temple B'nai Israel has been dedicated to meeting the spiritual needs of the Jewish community. Multiple generations of families have worshiped together under its roof.

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After a year of public fundraising and creative development, the temple is ready to grow. Reservations are being taken now through Sunday to attend the April 13 ground-breaking ceremony of Temple B'nai Israel's first major renovation and expansion project at 1685 Belcher Road, taking place in the courtyard, rain or shine.

The ground-breaking event for this $3.5 million project marks the beginning of the construction phase.

"The goal of the campaign at Temple B'nai Israel is to renew the physical plant that will allow us to continue to thrive as a vibrant synagogue for many decades to come," said Bruce Levine, co-chair of the "Preserving Our Future" campaign. "When finally completed, the campus will have a restored sanctuary, new chapel, expanded offices and several remodeled common areas. When this project is complete, we will have ensured that what was here for each of us will also be here for the young families that will follow after us."

To RSVP, call the temple office at (727) 531-5829.

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Ever wonder what the true cost of low-priced merchandise is? The 2005 documentary, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, explores the question at a 7 p.m. screening today at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater.

Directed by Robert Greenwald, the film delves into Walmart's business practices through interviews with former employees, small business owners and footage of Walmart executives.

Statistics are also presented to provide an objective analysis of the effects Walmart has on individuals and communities.

An interactive discussion will follow the film.

Love offerings are appreciated.

For more information, call (727) 531-7704.

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It's time again for Non-Trivial Pursuits, a long-standing program of presentations on various topics scheduled on selected Monday nights at Chapel-By-The-Sea Community Church, 54 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach. Topics includes both religious and nonreligious subject matter.

At 7:30 p.m. Monday, John Perodeau from the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum will present "The Autos of the Past Here in the Future," a look into a collection of automobiles locally housed under one roof for all to enjoy.

Admission is free.

For seating reservations, call the education office at (727) 446-0430 or email:

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At 7 p.m. Friday, Posi Award-nominated artists Sloan Wainwright, Faith Rivera, Karen Drucker and Sue Riley will share the stage for an interactive and uplifting concert in the sanctuary of Unity Church of Clearwater, 2465 Nursery Road, Clearwater.

The PosiPalooza experience is unscripted, with artists typically following a round-robin format, each song playing off the one before with the artists often accompanying one another.

Tickets are $20 and are on sale in the church bookstore.

Call (727) 531-0992.

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Music lovers are invited to "A Splash of Jazz," featuring sax and vocals by Alan Darcy, 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Clearwater Marine Aquarium's Winter's Dolphin Tale Adventure located in the Harborview Center, 300 Cleveland St., Clearwater.

Editor and columnist Ernest Hooper of the Tampa Bay Times will serve as the evening's emcee for an hors d'oeuvres and wine party with a silent auction benefit. Food will be prepared by and presented by Carefree Catering.

Presented by Safety Harbor's Holy Spirit Ecumenical Catholic Church, proceeds benefit RCS Grace House, a Religious Community Services Inc. program for families with children who are homeless in Pinellas County.

Tickets are $35 at the door; $37.50 online (includes service fee).

Call (727) 754-9758. Visit

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Magician and comedian Elliot Smith has been entertaining audiences across the United States, Canada and Europe for 40 years. Catch his act at 7 p.m. Saturday at Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater.

General admission $10; $7.50 for students; and $5 for children age 9 and younger.

Refreshments will be sold.

For reservations, call (727) 531-3172.

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The Clearwater Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present concert organist Mary Mozelle in recital at 4 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Drive, Clearwater.

Mozelle has appeared as a solo recitalist throughout the United States and in the cathedrals of Great Britain. She has served at the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C.; St. James Episcopal Cathedral in Chicago; the Knowles Memorial Chapel at Rollins College in Winter Park; and currently serves as assistant director of music at St. Boniface Episcopal Church, Siesta Key.

Her specialization in the organ works of Daniel E. Gawthrop led to a recording that has been featured on a nationally syndicated radio show.

A freewill offering will be received.

Call (727) 446-6210.

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Our Lady of the Way, a district of the St. Petersburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, invites the public to its district spring convention, "From Fatima With Love," from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 12 at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 1955 S Belcher Road.

The morning begins with Holy Mass followed by a presentation by pilgrim statue custodian Judy Studer, a brunch buffet, "Loving Our Lady of Fatima and Listening …," a talk by Joan Alix, gift book author, district updates, door prize drawings and concluding prayer and blessings.

The special event will also feature the United Nations International Pilgrim Statue and first-class relics from Fatima on tour of North America to commemorate the 2017 Centennial of the Apparitions.

Cost is $18 per person. Make checks payable to Our Lady of the Way District, 36181 East Lake Road, Suite 288, Palm Harbor, FL 34685.

RSVP deadline is Sunday.

Call (727) 943-1060 or email

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North Pinellas Religion for Wednesday, April 2 04/01/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 4:28pm]
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