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North Pinellas religion news for Wednesday, Oct. 16

Religion briefs

For 30 years, Freebo played bass on recordings and toured with artists including Bonnie Raitt, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Ringo Starr, Neil Young and many others. A yearning for more creative expression prompted him to begin a process of deep inner discovery leading to his transition as a singer-songwriter.

The folk-rock-blues icon will be the musical guest at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at Unity Church of Clearwater, 2465 Nursery Road.

After the Sunday service, he will present a creativity workshop at 1 p.m. at Peace Cottage, located on church grounds, where he will explore the creative process and offer specific tools and hints for songwriting, musical arrangement and performing. A $25 offering is suggested.

Freebo plans an acoustic show at 7 p.m. Monday, also at Peace Cottage, where he will create a unique, intimate and inclusive atmosphere with his audience. Tickets are $15.

Call (727) 531-0992.

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Organist Richard Grant will perform in concert at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kirk of Dunedin Church, 2686 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin.

A graduate of the New England Conservatory and Boston University, Grant served 25 years as president of Allen Organ Sales Inc., with offices in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

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.

To buy tickets, stop by the church, call (727) 733-5475 or visit

Church office hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday.

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Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road, has announced that jazz pianist Norman Thalheimer will be the guest artist at its 10:30 a.m. service Sunday.

Thalheimer is the composer-lyricist of the Broadway musical Marilyn: An American Fable, as well as four other musicals that have been staged in New York and Los Angeles. He has also scored music for television and entertained on jazz piano in cities including Los Angeles, New York and London.

Call (727) 531-7704.

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A three-hour relationship workshop, "From Need to Love," will be presented by the New Thought Center for Creative Living from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Unity Church of Clearwater's Peace Cottage, 2465 Nursery Road, Clearwater.

Led by Gregg and Marla Sanderson, who have facilitated relationship workshops and seminars throughout the United States and Canada, the workshop applies to individuals or couples and to all relationships, including intimate, family, business and social.

Gregg Sanderson is the author of What Ever Happened to "Happily Ever After?", Split Happens — Easing the Pain of Divorce and Spirit With a Smile — The World According to BOB.

"There's a lot of confusion between need and love," said Marla Sanderson, minister at the New Thought Center for Creative Living in Clearwater. "Need is a declaration of lack — 'I must have _____ in order to be happy' — while love celebrates fulfillment. This workshop will explain how conditioned emotional needs can be changed to simple preferences that give more options and allow love to flow more freely."

The workshop fee is $45, with a money-back guarantee.

To get more information and to register, call (727) 475-8991.

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The Tarpon Springs Shepherd Center will host the Greater Tarpon Springs Prayer Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday at Spanos Pappas Community Center, Theophilos Hall, 348 Pinellas Ave.

"Working Together to End Poverty Through Solidarity, Reflection and Prayer" will be the focus of keynote speaker Mark Merrill, president and founder of the Family First Foundation.

The cost is $25 per person.

To register, call Kendra Kenney at (727) 940-5272.

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Members of Trinity Presbyterian Church and their family and friends are traveling to Karatu, Tanzania, in an effort to make a difference in the lives of children in the Tumani Junior School and orphans in the Shalom Village Orphanage.

The volunteers are covering their own expenses and travel costs for this mission. To raise money for direct services to the children, the church will host a bingo event from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday in Trinity Presbyterian's Fellowship Hall, 2001 Rainbow Drive, Clearwater.

Cash prizes will be awarded and refreshments will be served.

For details, call (727) 463-6916.

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Art lovers are invited to a reception for artist Nancy Christy from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road.

Her show, "A Colored Pencil Sampler," features 45 drawings selected from the artist's many series, the latest drawn in numbers to re-create the look of vintage photographs.

Admission is free.

Call (727) 789-3536.

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Enjoy reenactments of favorite comedians including Lucille Ball, Abbott and Costello, Charlie Chaplin, Red Skelton and others at "Comedy Time Tunnel," a live performance featuring audience participation and prizes, at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road.

A wine reception at 6:15 p.m. will precede the program.

Tickets are $10. Admission is free for children.

To make a reservation, call Ann Scott at (727) 531-3172.

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