Religion Almanac, a roundup of local religious events open to the public, is published weekly in Faith & Values. Deadline for news releases is noon Monday for the Saturday edition. Email announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jewish Learning Center: The Al Katz Center for Holocaust Survivors and Jewish Learning, 713 S. Orange Ave., Sarasota, offers daily classes. The schedule includes: 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Lunch & Learn, cost is $5; 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Jewish Music, Poetry and Prayers, cost is $5; 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Israeli current events, cost is $5; 10 a.m. Thursdays, art classes, gift baskets and gardening, cost is $25; 10 a.m. Fridays, Jewish homemaking, cost is $5. Information: 941-313-9239.upcoming eventsRummage sale: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton. All proceeds go to mission work. Information: 941-746-0101.
Breakfast is served: Food, fun, and fellowship with a variety of breakfast items will be offered 8-10 a.m. today at Ellenton United Methodist Church, 3607 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton. Information: 941-729-6802.
Country Gospel Concert: Jim Pierce and Tim Pritchard, with Roland Newman and Gary Pierce will be performing 7-8:30 p.m. today at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15thSt. E., Bradenton. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., A $5 donation at the door is requested. Information: 941-746-0101.
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Souper Bowl: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail. Lakewood Ranch, is collecting donations in a large soup pot Sunday to benefit ELCA World Hunger, a program that uses relief, development, education, and advocacy to address the root causes of hunger and poverty. "Souper Bowl" Sunday has become a tradition at Living Lord. Information: 941-753-9365.
Concert: The Browders perform at 6 p.m. Sunday at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. A love offering will be received. Information: 941-756-6942.
Mission Festival: Local area missions will have informational displays Sunday at Hope Lutheran Church, 4635 26th St. W., Bradenton, during Mission Sunday. Services are at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. Guest preacher will be the Rev. Walter D. Volz. Enjoy special music including selections by One Voice Quartet. Information: 941-755-3256.
Gospel concert: Josh and Ashley Franks from Tennessee will perform Southern gospel music at 10:15 a.m. Sunday at Manatee Baptist Church, 1501 Seventh Ave. E., Bradenton. Information: 941-723-3454 or 941-748-2339. Love offering will be taken.
Adult learning: Bradenton's Congregation Ner Tamid announces a new initiative for Adult Jewish learning, 10 a.m. to noon Sunday at The Lodge, 4802 B 26th St. W. Bradenton. The upcoming workshop is called "Walking the Bible," and it is based on Bruce Feiler's book of the same name. Cost is $10, which includes a snack. Information and registration: 941-755-1231 or email email@example.com.
Super Bowl party: J Street and Temple Sinai present Dr. Gershon Baskin lecturing on "The Secret Conduit to Freedom," the story of negotiations between Israel and Hamas to free Gilad Shalit, at 3 p.m. Sunday at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. Baskin was the veteran peace activist who was instrumental in creating the breakthrough that brought the abducted soldier Gilad Shalit home safely after being held for more than five years in captivity. This is free and open to the public. A Super Bowl party will follow the presentation. Cost is $20; RSVP to 941-924-1802. Information: email to TempleSinaiSpeaker@gmail.com.
Music convention: Bill Bailey's 2013 Winter Gospel Music Convention will be held Feb. 4-9 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto. More than 40 of Southern gospel's top artists will appear throughout the week. General admission tickets are $17 a night or $90 for a six-night pass. VIP reserved tickets are $125 each (includes a reserved seat for all evening and matinee concerts) and are only available by phone at 941-756-6942. Tickets are not required for the 1:30 p.m. matinee concerts. Information: 941-756-6942.
Everyday ethics: The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will present Living with Integrity: Navigating Everyday Ethical Dilemmas, the institute's six-session Winter 2013 course that will begin at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at The Chabad House on 5712 Lorraine Road, Lakewood Ranch, led by Rabbi Mendy Bukiet. Living with Integrity challenges students to articulate their own opinions, while providing practical Talmudic wisdom to help them navigate through life's inevitable ethical challenges. Information: 941-752-3030 or www.myJLI.com.
Lunch with the Rabbi: Temple Emanu-El's popular program of lunchtime socializing and discussion of current events and topics of Jewish interest with Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman is set for noon Feb. 6 at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Lunch with the Rabbi will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 7 at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Information: 941-371-2788.
Prime Time Soup Supper: Lorne and Jimmie Ruth Matthews will perform at 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., Bradenton. during its Prime Time Soup Supper. The supper features homemade Brunswick stew with salads, biscuits, cornbread and desserts. Tickets are $2. Information: 941-794-1685.
The Breakfast Club: The Rob Mills Family, along with Mark and Andrea Forester, with Jerry Garcia, will perform for the nondenominational fellowship at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 7 at Bradenton Tropical Palms, 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton. All programs include a continental breakfast. A $10 suggested donation is requested. Information: 941-756-1838 or www.thebreakfastclubonline.com.
Summer Preschool Camp info session: Join Laura Freedman, Directory of Early Childhood Education of The Gan at Temple Sinai, at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 8 to learn about the summer camp program and offerings for the 2013-14 school year. Breakfast will be provided; RSVP to 941-926-9462. Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, has an NAC accredited school, with an outstanding staff and curriculum housed in a modern facility.
Shabbat Alive: An all-musical celebration of Shabbat featuring upbeat, contemporary arrangements of the traditional prayers begins at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. The service will be preceded by a catered dinner at 6:15 p.m. Paid reservations for the dinner are due by Feb. 4. Cost for the dinner is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-12, with no charge for children younger than 6. Reservations may be mailed to Dinner Committee, Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL 34232. Information: 941-371-2788.
Concert: The Evergreen Chorale from Holland, Mich., will present an evening of religious music at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Golf Lakes Estates clubhouse at the corner of 53rd Avenue and Ninth Street East. A free will offering will be collected.
Dinner and music: First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, presents an evening of dinner and music with Robin Fernandez at 6 p.m. Feb. 15. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 children 10 and younger. The performance will include excerpts from her one-woman show, "That Thing Called Love." Reservation deadline is Feb. 11. Information: 941-955-0935.
"It's about Time": The Rosh Chodesh Society at Chabad of Bradenton, 5712 Lorraine Rd., Lakewood Ranch, presents a weekly course beginning at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 called "It's About Time" to step up and take charge of your life, based on the Kabbalsitic energies of the month. Cost is $75. Information: 941-752-3030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shrove Tuesday: Clergy at the Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, will hear confessions 5:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 12. Also on Shrove Tuesday, The Episcopal parish will burn the palm branches and crosses collected from last year's Palm Sunday worship in order to create the ashes to be used during this year's Ash Wednesday worship. Information: 941-955-4263.
Ash Wednesday service: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota will hold an Ash Wednesday observance Feb. 13 beginning with a simple soup dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a sevice with music, a message and ashes. Information: 941-355-4729.
Hear "The Story": First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, invites the community to experience "The Story," the focus of Sunday worship during Lent. The Story makes the individual stories, people and places of the Bible accessible by demonstrating how the story of Scripture intersects with the story of your life. Sunday services are at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Information: 941-955-0935.
Spring training at Harvest: All-Star utility player Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay Rays will be the guest speaker at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 at Harvest United Methodist Church, 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch, as the church presents "Spring Training at Harvest -- Preparing for the Game of Life -- God's Way." Fathers and sons will learn how to prepare for the challenges and joys of living a productive, fulfilling Christian Life. Register by Feb. 15. Information: email@example.com or 941-907-7333.
Dixieland jazz: The Barbary Coast Dixieland Band performs 4 and 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at First United Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton. Free parking. Information: 941-747-4406.
Youth "Declaration": Aftermath Ministries will conduct "A Declaration" service at 7 p.m. at Praise & Deliverance Ministries, 2309 14th St. W., Bradenton. The service will empower youth in the community to make personal declarations that will launch them into success within the new year. Information: 941-747-4733.
Purim Under The Sea: Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch hosts the Purim Under The Sea party at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road. The festivities will begin with an interactive Megillah reading and mime show followed by dinner and fun activities for all ages. Highlighting this event will be a Pirate Takeover Show with real live pirates adding to the excitement of the evening. Information: 941-752-3030.
Brass quintet to perform: The Sarasota Brass Quintet to will bring its unique sound to the Sanctuary Concerts series at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Tickets are $15 and include a complimentary wine and cheese reception in the church courtyard with the artists. Information: 941-371-4974 or www.uusarasota.org/concerts.
Purim celebration: Temple Beth El, 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton, in conjunction with Church Share and the Jewish Federation, is hosting a Purim Celebration and Carnival 2-6 p.m. Feb. 24. Admission and parking are free. There will be games for the children, a bounce house, food and soft drinks, arts and craft tables, photo booth and a performance by the Kevin Frye Klezmer Band. Information: 941-755-4900.
Ladies Only Program: The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee will host a Ladies Only Program at 1 p.m. March 20 at 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Esther Halt, a financial advisor and trust specialist for Raymond James & Associates, and Babette B. Bach, an attorney specializing in elder law, will present a program designed to help women learn the guiding principles they need to know as they plan their financial futures. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge, but reservations are needed by March 13. Reservations: 941-342-1855.
Aglow International/Bradenton Aglow: meets 9:30 a.m. the second Saturday of the month at First Assembly of God, 1820 53rd Ave. W., Bradenton.
The Altar: 116 46th St. NW., Bradenton, a start-up Assembly of God congregation in Bradenton, meets 7 p.m. Thursdays and 5:30 p.m. Sundays with Pastors John and Gene McIntyre. Information: 941-748-5265.
Beth Israel Messianic Synagogue: holds Shabbat Service at 11 a.m. Saturdays with Hebrew and English Liturgy and Torah service followed by Kiddush and Oneg. Classes for children ages 7-12 are also offered. Services at Peridia Office Park, 3911 Golf Park Loop, No. 104, Bradenton. Information: 941-730-2136.
Braden River Presbyterian Church: "A Place to Belong" Summer worship at 10 a.m. at 5150 Peridia Blvd. E, Bradenton 34203. Information: www.bradenriverpc.com. of 941-739-0202.
Bread of Life Mission Inc.: is in need of houses, mobile homes, land, buildings, cars, vans, trucks and/or monetary gifts to assist and help get people off the streets. Information: 941-575-4440.
Center for Positive Living: 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, is a trans-denominational new thought spiritual community led by Rev. David Owen Ritz, meets Sunday 10:15-11:30 a.m. in the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, Sarasota. Topics are based on the power-of-positive thinking to live healthier, happier and more spiritually connected lives. Contemporary music provided by David Hubbell with vocals by Neapolitan. Refreshments and fellowship immediately after service in David Cohen Hall. Information: www.sarasotacpl.com or 941-366-0275.
Centro Evangelistico Reflexiones Congregation: Centro Evangelistico Reflexiones Congregation, led by Pastor Daniel Rosales, holds Spanish language services at 10 a.m. Sundays in the classroom of Northminster Presbyterian Church USA, 3131 61st St., Sarasota. The congregation has resumed Bible study at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays.
Chabad of Bradenton: 9 a.m.-noon Sundays at Chabad of Bradenton, 5712 Lorraine Road,, Lakewood Ranch, led by Rabbi Mendy Bukiet. Chabad holds Talmud Classes 7:30 p.m. Mondays. Cost: $45. Torah Studies are held 9 a.m. Saturdays. Shabbat Services are held 7 p.m. Fridays and 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. Saturday services are followed by a delicious buffet Kiddush. Havdallah Ceremony & Video Showing on Saturday nights, one half hour after Shabbat's conclusion. Join Chabad for a weekly Havdallah Ceremony and Video demonstration featuring "Living Torah," clips of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's talks, timeless moments, and encounters. Information: 941-752-3030.
Christ Community Church: 1803 57th Ave. W., Bradenton with Rev. David Carter as pastor has Sunday morning fellowship at 10 a.m., worship service at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday prayer service at 7 p.m. Information: 941-755-6162.
Christ Episcopal Church: thrift shop is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 401 42nd St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4906.
Church of Light Healing Center: 10115 Cortez Road, Bradenton, has services 11 a.m. Sundays. Information: 941-795-5683.
Church of the Trinity: 7225 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, southern Manatee County, has a traditional Sunday service 9:15 a.m. Sundays and a contemporary service with children's sermon at 11 a.m.
Congregation Ner Tamid: Jewish Living and Learning Sunday School for children ages 4-14 meets 9 a.m. Sundays by appointment, at Lakeside Clubhouse, 3817 40th Ave. W., Bradenton. Adult bar and bat mitzvah classes also are offered. Friday night Shabbat services, which are open to the public, are held twice a month. Information: 941-755-1231.
Congregational United Church of Christ: The church's thrift store, 5324 26th St. W., Bradenton, has expanded its store in Saddle Creek Plaza. A new furniture annex and expanded book store has been added. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday. Information: 941-739-1018. Also, a Transitions Support Group meets 5-6:30 p.m. every Sunday at the church to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, job, health or struggled with addictions or depression. A free-will offering is taken. Information: 941-739-7103 or 941-309 -0200.
Ellenton United Methodist Church: 3607 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton, has an all-you-can eat pancake breakfast 8-10 a.m. the first Saturday of the month. Adult Sunday School classes are at 9:45 a.m. Sundays in the Fellowship Hall, led by Pastor Bruce Ebert. Methodist Men meet 8:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month. A potluck dinner is held 5:30 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month. Information: 941-729-6802.
Emmanuel United Methodist Church: Prayer & Share is at 10 a.m. Wednesdays in the library at the church, 5115 Cortez Road. Information: 941-792-3497.
Faith Bible Church: Bible Study is at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the church, 1511 Morgan Johnson Road, East Manatee. Preschool program available. Evening class is at 6:55 p.m. Tuesdays at Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. School-age program available. Information: 941-722-0940.
Faith United Church of Christ: 4850 State Road 64 E., has worship and Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. Sundays.
First Congregational United Church of Christ: 1030 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota, holds classes on keeping your balance 10 a.m. Mondays, taught by nurse Julie Pennella. Information: 941-953-7044.
Full Gospel Tabernacle: The church has a community sing the last Saturday of each month at 2903 11th St. Court E. Information: 941-746-3634 or 941-748-8102.
Gulf Coast Fellowship of Christian Athletes: conducts a tennis program for tots to teens (ages 4-18). All programs will be held at the Tennis Center at Palm-Aire Country Club, 5601 Country Club Way. The programs are geared to develop/enhance tennis skills as well as provide spiritual development. Information: 941-539-6083.
Heaven Cent Thrift Shop: 5858 44th Ave. E., East Manatee, is open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Information: 941-745-1663.
Hope Lutheran Church: 4635 26th St. W., Bradenton, invites teens and young adults to participate in contemporary worship on 11 a.m. Sundays. More vocalists & musicians are needed for the Hope Lutheran praise band. Bring a friend and worship together; casual attire recommended. Information: 941-755-3256; or www.HopeLutheranFL.com. Also, Hope Lutheran offers fellowship for those seeking Christian friendship while playing cards and table board games in the Hands of Hope building at 1 p.m. every Monday. No reservations needed.
Hope Lutheran Church: 4635 26th St. W., Bradenton, offers free Narcotics Anonymous group meetings at 6:30 p.m. Saturdays in the Fellowship Hall. Information: 941-755-3256.
Lakewood Ranch Ladies Devotional Hour: is held 10 a.m. Thursdays at Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Information: 941-727-3789.
Living Lord Lutheran Church: Our Daily Bread/Project 5000 at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11120 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch, is collecting grocery bags filled with unbreakable containers to feed local families. Each bag will feed a family of four for two days or a family of two for four days. Also, the Quilters and Crafty Ladies meet 3 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month to make lap robes and quilts for the needy in Manatee County. Experience quilting is not necessary, just willing hands. Information: 941-753-9365.
Longboat Island Chapel: As part of its Aging in Paradise Resource Center, which addresses the issues of aging, introduces its memory loss support group to the communities of Sarasota and Manatee. The group meets 11 a.m.-1 p.m. every other Wednesday. Information: 941-383-6491.
Manatee County Meditation Group: meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-915-1454.
My Father's House Church: 7215 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton, has Bible study at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:15 a.m. Sundays. Youth Bible study for all ages is at 9:15 a.m. Sundays. The thrift store is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Information: 941-776-9016.
Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, has Sunday worship service at 9 and 11 a.m. with a coffee hour following. Bible studies are held at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesdays in the Fellowship Hall with Pastor Chris Carlson.
Orthodox Catholic: The Synod of Governing Bishops for the Holy Orthodox Catholic Church announced the opening if their new church temporarily at 2700 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 11B, Sarasota. The Very Rev. Archbishop Jacob J. K. Longacre was appointed first pastor. All seven sacraments will be available in the Orthodox Form by making an appointment with the pastor at 941-954-0330.
Our Lady of the Angels: Grief support groups meet at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, 12905 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch. Information: 941-752-6770.
Palmetto First Baptist Church: 7:30 and 9 a.m. Sundays at Palmetto First Baptist Church, 1020 Fourth St. W., Palmetto. Information: 941-722-7795.
Parrish United Methodist Church: Sunday worship times are 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m. at 2180 U.S. 301 N., Parrish. The church's thrift cottage is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays at 12140 69th St. E., Parrish. Information: 941-776-1539.
Peace Presbyterian Church: a congregation of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., has moved to a new location in Lakewood Ranch, in the Manatee Board of Realtors building, 10910 Technology Drive. Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. Information: 941-753-7778.
Quakers: Sarasota Friends Meeting is at 10 a.m. Sundays at 3139 57th St., Sarasota. Information: 941-358-5759 or visit http//sarasota.quaker.org.
Revelation Ministries: "Prayer Time" at Revelation Ministries, 1919 14th St. W., Bradenton, will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: 941-726-3464.
St. Joseph Church: A caregiver/family support group meeting is set for 1-2:30 p.m. Mondays at the church, 3100 26th St,. W., Bradenton. Information: Marianne Ridgell of Home Instead Senior Care at 941-739-3050.
Stillpoint House of Prayer: Intercessory-prayer workshop groups are forming at 1608 14th St. W. For a schedule, call 748-6835. Contemplative-prayer groups meets at 11 a.m. every Wednesday and Thursday. A Spanish Bible study and prayer and rosary group meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Information: 941-748-6835 or 941-795-0130.
Temple Beth El: a reform congregation, conducts Erev Shabbat Services at 7:30 p.m. every Friday evening and Shabbat Services with Torah study at 10 a.m. every Saturday morning at 4200 32nd St. W. The temple also conducts religious school classes three Sunday mornings a month and Hebrew school classes Wednesday afternoons by Susie Konicov. For more information, call 941-755-4900, 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday through Friday.
Temple Beth Israel: The Social Action Committee of Temple Beth Israel collects donations for the Bill Galvano One Stop Center. Needed: funding for medication, socks, mosquito repellent, toilet articles and soap, shoes, jeans, baby diapers and formula, reading glasses and bicycles. Donations can be given directly to the One Stop Center, 701 17th Ave. W., or dropped off at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key.
Temple Emanu-El: Under the direction of its Social Action Committee, Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, continues its food drive for those in Sarasota-Manatee who go hungry. Nonperishable boxed and canned foods may be placed in a marked bin in the Temple lobby during business hours and before and after Shabbat worship services. All donations benefit the kosher food pantry at Jewish Family and Children's Services or All Faiths Food Bank. Information: 941-966-9561.
Trinity Lutheran Church: 2200 26th St. W., Bradenton, hosts recovery group meetings. The schedule: Alcoholics Anonymous: 8 p.m. Mondays and 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays; Overeaters Anonymous: 7 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.
Trinity United Methodist Church: 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, weekly Bible study is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Information: 941-737-3704.
Vessels Unto Honour Ministries: has moved to 3517 15th St. E., Bradenton, Sunday worship service is at noon and Life Enrichment service is at 7 p.m. Tuesdays.
Wildfire Ministries Bible study classes: will be 7:30 p.m. Fridays at the Hampton Inn, 5810 20th Court E., Ellenton.
Zen Zone: American Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Demo is teaching meditation 12:30-1:30 p.m. Monday at the Zen Zone, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Natures Way, Suite 217, Lakewood Ranch. The class consists of a guided meditation, a short talk and an opportunity for questions and answers. Each talk is part of a series, yet is self-contained. This means participants can drop in at any time. Cost: $10 per class ($5 for students/seniors). For more information, call 941-373-1600 or e-mail info@MeditationInSarasota.org.