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North Pinellas religion news for March 12

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The Jewish holiday of Purim, commemorating the Jewish people's salvation in the Persia of old, will be celebrated at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Chabad of Clearwater, 2280 Belleair Road.

"It combines ancient Jewish traditions with a modern twist," explained Rabbi Levi Hodakov, director of Chabad of Clearwater. "We focus on doing interesting and innovative programs that will maximize the enjoyment for young and old alike, yet still keeping with the holiday theme."

The program is open to the community and all are welcome to attend, regardless of religious affiliation or background. Participants will enjoy the reading of the Book of Esther, known in Hebrew as the Megillah, special hamantashen pastries, lively music and a Mad Science Show.

"The event is focused primarily on spirit, fun and tradition," said Miriam Hodakov, co-director of Chabad of Clearwater, who helped organize the event.

In the spirit of Purim, participants are encouraged to come in costume, and there will be a prize for every child in costume.

Admission is free.

For more information and to RSVP, call (727) 265-2770 or visit JewishClearwater.com/purim.

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On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., sellers will fill the parking lot of St. Alfred Episcopal Church, 1601 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor, offering items for purchase during the church's second annual "Loot From the Boot" sale.

Refreshments will be available for purchase.

The event will take place rain or shine.

Call (727) 785-1601.

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Church Women of Upper Pinellas County present its "Teacup Travelogue" annual spring tea from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church of Dunedin, 421 Main St.

Bring a favorite teacup and share its unique travelogue while enjoying tea and goodies with friends. Attendees are also invited to bring a new, wrapped gift for a mystery auction or a gently used item for a silent auction.

A $5 donation will be accepted. Reservations are appreciated.

Call (727) 791-6982.

Church Women United is a racially, culturally and theologically inclusive ecumenical Christian women's movement, celebrating unity in diversity and working for a world of peace and justice.

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Blending traditional Celtic, alternative folk and Americana music, Frances Pisacane and Jasmine Hart of the Celtic Irish duo Juniper will present an eclectic musical experience during the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at Unity Church of Clearwater, 2465 Nursery Road.

For more information call (727) 531-0992.

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Non-Trivial Pursuits, a long-standing educational program at Chapel-by-the-Sea on Clearwater Beach, presents Agatha Christie — It's All a Mystery, featuring Nan Colton of Solo Productions as the world-famous mystery writer, at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the church's Chapel Hall at 54 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach.

Learn the details of Christie's private life, including information about her early childhood years, two marriages and her experiences through two world wars.

Colton is a professional playwright, director, storyteller and actor as well as a literary and performance teaching artist and has given performances worldwide.

Admission is free. Seat reservations are requested.

Call (727) 446-0430. Email: edoffice@chapelbythesea.net.

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North Pinellas religion news for March 12 03/11/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:51pm]

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